Some readers of this blog may have seen a big article about Chatsworth, based on an interview with me, in the Sunday Times magazine on 21 Feb,, and subsequent media coverage of one aspect of the conversation I had with the Sunday Times journalist. Further to these reports in the press, I would like to clarify my position on the use of the Devonshire title. Should hereditary peers be removed from the House of Lords I would indeed strongly consider dropping the public use of my title, as I believe that I would have to consider and respond to any future democratic mandate against hereditary peerage. However, my principle duty will continue to be to preserve and enhance Chatsworth itself for future generations and I remain immensely respectful of my Devonshire predecessors who have bequeathed us this very special place.

The Duke of Devonshire

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