The rise of DRY society! Tatler reveals the clean-living girls about town who’ve turned their backs on booze – from Lady Mary Charteris to ‘princess of Soho’ India Rose James
- Society beauties have turned their backs on booze in favour of clean-living
- Lady Mary Charteris and Lady Lola Crichton-Stuart are sober and proud
- Rose Van Cutsem, wife of William and Harry’s friend Hugh, is also teetotal
Society parties were once awash with cocktails, vintage wines and magnums of Champagne.
But today’s aristocrats and blue-blooded beauties are more likely to be found sipping on energy drinks and mocktails than stumbling out of a private members’ club after having one-too-many.
An article published in the May issue of Tatler notes that sobriety supper clubs are now the ‘hottest invitations in the calendar’ while celebrities are being spotted in alcohol-free watering holes like Notting Hill’s Redemption Bar.
And the poster girls for this trend towards teetotal living are suitably glamorous.
Lady Lola Crichton-Stuart, 20, Lady Mary Charteris, 32, and Rose Van Cutsem, 40, are among the girls about town who’ve turned their back on booze in favour of clean-living.
Here, FEMAIL meets a few of these sober society beauties…
LADY LOLA CRICHTON-STUART
Sober society beauty: Lady Lola Crichton-Stuart, the 20-year-old daughter of the Marquess and Marchioness of Bute, is among the girls about town who’ve turned their backs on booze. Pictured, Lady Lola strikes a pose in a festive snap taken last year on the Isle of Bute
Proud: Lady Lola recently celebrated six months sober with this post on Instagram. Holding up a ‘clean and serene’ keyring, Serena wrote: ‘Six months sober #grateful’
Lady Lola Crichton-Stuart is the 20-year-old daughter of the Marquess and Marchioness of Bute.
The blonde beauty, who has graced the pages of Tatler alongside her fashion designer mother, Serena, recently celebrated six months sober on Instagram. Holding up a ‘clean and serene’ keyring, Serena wrote: ‘Six months sober #grateful.’
Lola, whose boyfriend Kai Schachter-Rich, took his own life last year, has seen first-hand the dangers of a life of excess.
She was a close friend of IIa Scheckter, daughter of former F1 champion Jody Scheckter, who died of a ‘suspected accidental overdose’ last year after losing her battle with addiction.
LADY MARY CHARTERIS
Still a party princess: Lady Mary Charteris is the daughter of James Charteris, 13th Earl of Wemyss and 9th Earl of March and Catherine Ingrid Guinness. Now more than two years sober, Lady Mary, pictured in an Instagram snap, still DJs the hottest parties
Lady Mary Charteris is the daughter of James Charteris, 13th Earl of Wemyss and 9th Earl of March and Catherine Ingrid Guinness, of the Guinness dynasty.
The stylish 32-year-old modelled for the likes of Tatler, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Love, and is now best known as a DJ and member of electronic rock band The Big Pink.
Lady Mary, who recently celebrated two years sober, proves you don’t have to give up partying when you give up on booze and is still seen on the decks at the hottest parties.
INDIA ROSE JAMES
Reformed Soho royalty: India Rose James, the self-described ‘Princess of Soho’ and granddaughter of porn and property mogul Paul Raymond, revealed she is 18 months sober after quitting alcohol and her hard-partying ways to become a better role model for her daughter, Sapphire. Pictured, India at an event in February
At just 21 years old, her vast £329million inheritance made her richer than the Queen – and she was not afraid to flaunt her extraordinary wealth on London’s social scene.
But seven years on and life is very different for heiress India Rose James, the granddaughter of late porn and property mogul Paul Raymond.
Speaking to Tatler in January this year, India, the self-described ‘Princess of Soho’, revealed she is 18 months sober after quitting alcohol and her hard-partying ways to become a better role model for her daughter, Sapphire.
‘I was having fun,’ she said. ‘And, yeah…like, going out was happening a bit too often, and I started getting a reputation as a party girl. Which is fine when you’re younger, but I was getting a bit…
‘I don’t judge people who are [partying], but I don’t want that. I also don’t want my daughter, if she looks me up online – which I’m sure she will at some point – to find that there are loads of articles about me out drunk. That’s not right. I want her to be reading articles about my achievements.’
ROSE VAN CUTSEM
Royal ties: Rose Astor, whose husband Hugh van Cutsem is a friend of both Prince William and Harry, has spoken previously of how her ‘last big blowout’ was at the opening of Soho Farmhouse in 2015. Pictured, Rose and Hugh at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May 2018
Rose Astor, whose husband Hugh van Cutsem is a friend of both Prince William and Harry, has spoken previously of how her ‘last big blowout’ was at the opening of Soho Farmhouse in 2015.
The mother-of-three credits the Sober Mummy blog with helping her on the path to sobriety and has now been alcohol-free for a number of years.
Writing about her experience in The Times in 2018, she said: ‘Who knew that there are other ways to have fun than getting p****d? That dancing sober is a laugh, that you can do yoga and have a sense of humour? And that if you leave a dinner party at midnight, no one remembers (all the good chats have been had by then anyway)? I no longer think “poor me” about being sober.’
Rose now enjoys the sober good life in the Cotswolds, where she works as a yoga teacher.
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