This interesting article highlights the complexities of large landed estates, and the issue we see all too often, where a previous generation has a particular desire to benefit particularly family members, to the exclusion of others.
It highlights the importance of planning - and thinking about structures (possibly discretionary settlements) which might allow for future changes in the family structure, or even changing cultural attitudes.
Amanda might be able to consider a claim - but these are not going to be straightforward. And Richard may even be prepared to do the "right" thing and redirect some of the estate. The motto of the tale however is that prevention is better than cure!
The creator of Downton Abbey has criticised inheritance laws after a baron's daughter lost her father's title and land. Lord Fellowes of West Stafford said that Amanda Murray, 55, daughter of Baron Braybrooke, had been unfairly penalised by laws in the peerage which prioritise male heirs.