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Real-life Downton Abbey drama unfolds in England

The Daily Mail, media’s essential ‘Real Life Stories’ goldmine (besides xoJane, of course) has published a real cracker today, reporting that an actual Downton Abbey drama is unfolding in contemporary England as we speak.

The accolade-winning PBS period drama, starring Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay and Maggie Smith, charts the story of the Crawleys, an aristocratic British family, who, in the show's first two seasons (I haven’t gotten to the third yet, sorry) desperately try to keep their auspicious titles and (fictional) Yorkshire estate by marrying off their eldest daughter to their only surviving male cousin.

To us normal folk simply counting down the minutes to ‘Straya Day weekend, the show’s action is all very romantic and quaint, but for England’s 10th Baron Braybrooke, who has eight daughters and a 6,000-acre estate, the Matthew-Mary (Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery) drama hits a little too close to home.

If the Baron’s eldest daughter, Amanda Murray, was a boy, she’d be set to inherit the family’s fortune, but instead, the gold, goodies and glory is set to be passed down to “a distant cousin she has never met, because peerages can only go to male heirs.”

Poor Mands! Unlucky for her, she didn’t fall in love with her relative and become the family’s saving grace as Mary did.

Currently, the British government is in the process of changing a range of terribly sexist and outdated laws so Wills and Kate’s firstborn, if a girl, is able to inherit the throne.

Correspondingly, British lords are requesting copycat legislative changes to be made so their princesses are able to inherit what is their ostensible birthright.

Image credit: PSB/ Downton Abbey. 

 

 

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