“YOU could always move in and share it,” whispers the baronet. It is 3pm on a Monday and I’m in bed with a 72-year-old man who is tickling me with an ostrich feather. This is one of the most surreal assignments of my professional life. But this episode is just another day in the bizarre life of former shipping magnate Sir Benjamin Slade — arguably Britain’s oldest and most eligible divorcee. He is desperately, and very publicly, searching for the perfect “fertile” woman to bear him an heir. For the past six years he has been running an ad imploring suitable ladies to come forward for the “job”, which includes running his estate. But despite “many approaches”, he remains very much single. Which is why I find myself in his ridiculously opulent bedroom. Just what is stopping this charismatic and wealthy aristocrat — reportedly worth £20million — from finding true love? He says: “I put an ad out for the perfect lady and was inundated with requests but they have to meet the requirements. I can be rather exacting in my requirements.” Not half. The former stockbroker has a blush-inducing list of demands that a lady must fulfil, from having… Read full this story
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