By Annabel Sampson (August 2020)
His mother, Lady Sarah Chatto, brother, Samuel, and glamorous girlfriend Lizzie Friend were all at St Katharine Docks to meet the triumphant quartet of rowers on return from their impressive 38-day feat
The 21-year-old great nephew of Her Majesty the Queen has rowed around Britain with three friends for charity. Arthur Chatto, the 26th in line to the throne and who was not a rower before he began training for the great feat, returned to London yesterday, Sunday 16 August, after 38 days at sea on a 2,000-mile journey.
Arthur and his three friends, Charles Bromhead, Harry Lidgley and Oliver Dawe-Lane, were only allowed to take part in the race, the GB Row Challenge, because they all live together. Other teams reportedly had to pull out as a result of the pandemic.
The quartet, who call themselves Exe endurow, set sail on July 8 from London Bridge and have raised more than £21,500 for charity. They originally intended to raise money for the oceans charity Just One Ocean but were inspired by the coronavirus pandemic to share donations with the British Red Cross.
They had all been in training for six months before they embarked on the once in a lifetime challenge. Princess Margaret’s grandson shared some videos and images of his rigorous fitness regime to Instagram, reportedly earning himself legions of female followers thanks to his impressive physique. At St Katharine Docks, where they returned to yesterday, they were met by Lady Sarah Chatto, Arthur’s mother, who is Princess Margaret’s daughter, his father, Daniel Chatto, brother, Samuel, 24, and Arthur’s girlfriend, fellow University of Edinburgh student, Lizzie Friend. After they clambered from their boat, the four of them dived into the Thames to celebrate. Arthur’s girlfriend gave him a big hug.