THE real-life Downton Abbey family has been hit by a bitter rift.
Lady Fiona, the Earl of Carnarvon’s second wife, has asked his children to leave Highclere Castle — the country seat of the fictional TV family.
Sources say the earl’s two children from his first marriage left the 400-year-old home as family tensions rose.
Lady Saoirse, and George Herbert, Lord Porchester have moved into nearby cottages. Saoirse has now left the estate in Newbury, Berks.
A source said: “She has admitted she and her brother have no relationship with Lady Fiona. As a result of the rift, their relationship with the Earl has become more strained.”
All four were at the Downton Abbey film premiere in London on Monday night. But an onlooker said: “Lady and Earl Carnarvon kept their distance from the children.
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“The Earl left without saying goodbye to Saoirse.”
A spokesperson for The Earl and Countess said: “Saoirse, 28, and George, 27, each have a bedroom with their father and stepmother and a cottage they can use on the estate.
“The family were at the premiere and after-party and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”
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