- King Charles’ cousin David Linley has run a furniture firm for more than 40 years
- The company, David Linley Furniture, specializes in home furnishings in London.
- He has now resigned as director of the firm and two other affiliated businesses.
One of King Charles’ cousins has abruptly quit a furniture firm he has run for 40 years.
David Linley has been director of David Linley Furniture, which provides home furnishings, since 1982 using his love of carpentry.
The 61-year-old, who is the son of Princess Margaret and famed photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, has long been known for his love of arts and crafts.
But now the second Earl of Snowdon, who inherited the title following his father’s death in 2017 aged 86, unexpectedly resigned earlier this year as director of the company and two other related businesses Is.
He has resigned as director of three businesses belonging to the firm, David Linley Holdings, David Linley & Co and David Linley Furniture, according to documents filed at Companies House last week.
No reason has been given for the decision, his spokesperson has declined to comment, while friends have only confirmed that he has ‘resigned from the board’.
King Charles’ cousin David Linley (pictured) has abruptly resigned as director of his furniture business
The Earl of Snowdon’s talent with arts and crafts was a source of pride for the Queen Mother – pictured here with her grandsons Charles (left) and David Linley (right)
Documents filed with Companies House show that in June, David Linley Holdings reported a £171,000 pre-tax profit – a steep recovery from the previous year when the business made a £2.4 million loss. However, the company still had net liabilities of £4.25 million (pictured, in front of the Linley shop)
Documents filed with Companies House show that in June, David Linley Holdings reported a £171,000 pre-tax profit – a steep recovery from the previous year when the business made a £2.4 million loss. However, the company still had net liabilities of £4.25 million.
Lord Snowdon, who was fifth in line to the throne at the time of his birth, set up his own carpentry workshop above a chip shop in Dorking, Surrey in 1982.
He had long been fond of creativity, with his grandmother, the Queen Mother, very proud of his talents.
When she was a child she used to pass one of her earliest creations, a handmade wooden cigar humidor, around parties from school. In her 90s, she still used to drop by his shop unannounced.
And when then Prime Minister Jim Callaghan asked Princess Margaret why her son became a carpenter, she replied: ‘Isa was a carpenter.’
In 2017 he succeeded his father, Antony Armstrong-Jones, as the second Earl of Snowdon. Here he is being pictured by his mother, Princess Margaret, with the Queen Mother and his father in attendance.
Three years after setting up her business in 1982, she upgraded to King’s Road in Chelsea, launching her own brand and shop.
As he made his fortune, wealthy clients included Sir Elton John, Sir Mick Jagger and fashion designer Valentino.
But after the 2008 financial crash, the company was bailed out by Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev, nicknamed the ‘Cashier to the Kremlin’, who took a seat on the board.
Another crisis came when Pugachev’s bank was liquidated and the authorities in Moscow demanded repayment of loans given to Linley.
When Lord Snowdon announced his separation from his wife Serena in 2020, friends blamed the amount of time he had to spend working abroad.
The pair have two children, Charles, 23, Viscount Linley, and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, 20, who was a bridesmaid at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.
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