A tragic accident has taken the life of fifteen-year-old heiress Iris Annabel Goldsmith when the all-terrain vehicle in which she was riding flipped.
The teen was reportedly pinned under the quad bike. Ambulances were summoned to the scene at her father’s Somerset farm, but her injuries were too severe to survive.
According to the Times, “The teenager, niece of the Tory MP Zac Goldsmith, is understood to have become trapped when her vehicle, described as a cross between a quad bike and a Jeep, overturned on private land on the family’s farm.
"She was said to have been riding with a friend who raised the alarm."
As the eldest child of millionaire financier Ben Goldsmith, 38, and his former wife, heiress Kate Rothschild, 37, Iris was in line to inherit two of Britain’s most famous family fortunes, said to be worth in excess of £300 million.
Iris' parents married in 2003, but separated in 2012; since then, both have gone on to marry others. The former couple are also the parents of two boys, Frank, 13 and 11-year-old Issac.
The accident occurred just after Iris began her summer break from the tony Wycombe Abbey, an all-girls boarding school in High Wycombe, England.
She may have been worth millions, but to those who knew her, the loss is more personal.
The Daily Mail reports, “Locals in the quiet village told of their shock as the high-profile family comes to terms with the teenager's death.”
"Everyone in the village is devastated by this."
A family friend told The Mail: “This is the most awful accident. Iris was a complete firecracker – an absolute delight. Everyone in the family loved her to bits.
“She was beautiful, charming, intelligent, wonderful company and absolutely the loveliest person you could meet.
“Ben and Kate are completely devastated. They are numbed to their core and united in their grief.
“Iris captured the charm of Ben and the sense of Bohemian charisma of Kate. All the family is rallying round Ben and Kate.”
Please join us in praying for the Rothschild and Goldsmith families as they come to terms with the sad and unexpected loss of their beloved Iris.