Home used to be a really difficult subject for me. I’ve moved an enormous number of times and travelled all my life, so for a long time my house was just a house, rather than a home. Having grown up in London, the nearest thing to home was when I saw the Thames. Five years ago I moved to Eton, near Windsor, and I’ve found somewhere I’m comfortable with. Even now, the first thing I do when I’ve been abroad is walk down the road and stand on the bridge over the Thames. Why were you drawn to Eton?
I bought this former farm labourer’s cottage with my late wife Wendy in 1971 as a holiday home, but we liked it so much we moved in permanently. It’s in a lovely remote spot on the side of a beautiful hill. I’m a Londoner though, and this photo of me, aged four, with my mother Helen was taken in our garden in Hampstead in 1938. She married my father while they were at Oxford, but he wasn’t ready for it and they split up when I was very young.
I can talk to Mum about anything. The first night I slept with a man, I went home and told her. It was such a major thing in my life that I had to share it with her. She tried to be casual about it when, in reality, she must have been pulling her hair out. But she was brilliant. I’d never have known. Mum and I are best friends as well as mother and daughter.
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Selecting a term
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