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India Hicks’ Royal Guide to Surviving In The Bahamas

INDIA Hicks greets Hello! magazine in the “beautiful Oxfordshire home” of her mother, Lady Pamela Hicks, the Duke of Edinburgh’s cousin who was once a lady-in-waiting to the Queen.

India lives in a plantation house in the Bahamas, on Harbour Island. She is a mo-del. She says she is “more hands on with our children” than her parents’ generation.

India says that the two eldest of her four children stay at boarding school in England is “a very painful part of the process” of island life.

Island life is tough. “Unconventional” India says “a Gordonstoun education helps enormously”.

Gordonstoun is the public school. The fees for boarding are £8,869-a-term, rising to £ £9,756 for older students.

So, having prepared for island life in the classroom, what’s the island like? The Independent puts it thus?

Islands don’t get much more glam than this celeb-dripping, boutique-hotel lined, coral edged hideaway in the Bahamas. From the antique-filled India Hicks-designed retreat The Landing to the cool Rock House Hotel, owned by Gianni Versace’s former builder J Wallace Tutt, Harbour Island does a good line in upscale Caribbean chic. The island’s main town, Dunmore, also boasts photogenic pastel-painted cottages and white picket fences. Still need convincing? How about the fact that you arrive by water taxi? Or that you can swim off beaches the colour of candyfloss? Is there a downside? That depends on how you feel about getting around by golf buggy.

File under: Does grandpa Mountbatten still own India?

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ROYAL WEDDING 1981: London. Two of the Royal Bridesaids on the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral. They are (left) India Hicks, 13, and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, the 17 year old daughter of Princess Margaret.

Posted: 26th, August 2010 | In: Royal Family | Comments (2)