Spencer Matthews has retired from his days as a Made In Chelsea womaniser, and he has settled down with model Vogue Williams. He and his wife had their first child in September 2018, and Spencer’s brother James welcomed his own two months later. Spencer’s new nephew is directly related to Kate Middleton, as his mother is her sister Pippa. This gives Spencer a close connection to the Royal Family.
Spencer’s brother James married Pippa in 2017, making his sister in law Kate Middleton.
While this provides Spencer with a special connection to the Royal Family, this does not make him a member of royalty.
This is because Pippa is not royalty either, as royal in-laws are not granted titles by association.
James Middleton has his own title separate of the royal family thanks to his father.
James and Spencer’s father David Matthews purchased the 10,000-acre Glen Affric estate in 2008.
Having the land presumably means the hotel magnate is ‘Laird of Glen Affric’, which can be handed down to James.
This is similar to but not synonymous with the title lord or lady in Scotland.
However the Court of Lord Lyon – the official heraldry office in Scotland – told Harpers Bazaar the title is not comparable to nobility.
A Court of Lord Lyon spokesperson said: ”The term ‘laird’ has generally been applied to the owner of an estate, sometimes by the owner himself or, more commonly, by those living and working on the estate.
“It is a description rather than a title and is not appropriate for the owner of a normal residential property, far less the owner of a small souvenir plot of land.
“It goes without saying that the term ‘laird’ is not synonymous with that of ‘lord’ or ‘lady’.
“Ownership of a souvenir plot of land is not sufficient to bring a person otherwise ineligible within the jurisdiction of Lord Lyon for the purpose of seeking a Grant of Arms.”