It’s pure Maggie Smith as she wanders through the place and spots a disagreeably positioned chair.
‘I don’t know why people have to put things on a slant,’ she says witheringly.
‘People’s perceptions of you can create a straitjacket,’ he says.
Sarah Troughton, for her part, is thrilled that she was spared the title. Waldman asks the eldest boy if he would ever live here. But that has long gone and is now a Best Western hotel.‘I remember very well the feeling of driving up here in my rather beaten-up old Fiat and having to stop and take my breath back and seeing this extraordinary castle and thinking, “Ooh, I’m going to stay there!”’ And now she’s in charge, having married the eldest son and heir who went on to become the 11th Duke of Rutland in 1999.The present Duke of Atholl is Bruce Murray, 55, who spends most of the year in the Limpopo province of South Africa where he runs a signage business.
But we see that he still takes his ducal duties extremely seriously as he makes his annual journey to Scotland to preside over the parade of his army (mainly civilian estate workers).
Not only has she reduced public access to the castle – to concentrate on big-spending shooting parties and the lucrative Asian wedding market – but she is uncompromising about restructuring the estate.