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01 February, 2012

Viscount of the Week:
Alexander Edgar Lascelles,
The Viscount Lascelles

Born in 1980 (13 May), this 31-year-old viscount is the second son and heir apparent of the 8th Earl of Harewood.  On 11 July, 2011, Lord Lascelles succeeded to his courtesy title, his father having succeeded his paternal grandfather as the 8th Earl of Harewood.  This event caused The Viscount Lascelles to be featured in The Single Peer’s 2011 Ten Lords-a-Leaping list.  Interestingly, Lord Lascelles succeeded to the courtesy title and is his father’s heir due to the illegitimate birth of his elder brother, Benjamin.  Although subsequently legitimized, Benjamin cannot lay claim to the earldom or the British throne.

History has a way of repeating itself, ironically, as Lord Lascelles has an illegitimate son of his own, Leo Cyrus Anthony (b. 2008), with his live-in girlfriend, Laleh Yeganegy.  Leo, like his uncle, cannot succeed his father due to his illegitimacy.  The viscount’s younger brother, The Hon. Edward David Lascelles (29, single), serves as his heir.  These complicated domestic circumstances, however, render the viscount technically single and a good catch.

As alluded to above, the Lascelles are in the line of succession to the British throne.  The late 7th Earl of Harewood was a son of Princess Mary, Princess Royal, and was a first cousin to Queen Elizabeth II.  Lord Lascelles is approximately 52nd in line to the British throne.

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  1. Hello, who can I speak to about getting this article edited or maybe even removed. I am the auntie of Leo. He is only 6 years old, and we (his mum and me) want to see the few references to his illegitimate status that are floating around cyberspace removed. Leo is constantly on the computer already and its only a matter of time. Although I completely understand the interest in children that are indirectly part of the royal family, but ut's a bit hurtful to see 'illegitimate' as a description of a child who is innocent and wonderful and equal to any other child. It has also caused his family some grief. So please if you can, remove or edit the article, and let the child grow up feeling equal and not like he has some kind of shameful blemish to his name. Many thanks, Roxanne Yeganegy