Ben Goldsmith says his 'heart aches' 28 months after losing daughter

Ben Goldsmith says his ‘heart aches’ 28 months after losing his daughter Iris, 15, in a quadbike accident on the family farm and reveals he’s ‘working hard’ on an environmental project in her honour

  • Ben Goldsmith, 41, took to Twitter and shared selfie with late daughter, Iris 
  • Posted a broken heart emoji and penned: ’28 months and my heart aches’   
  • Teenage daughter Iris lost her life in a buggy accident at home in summer 2019
  • Revealed he’s working on an ‘Iris Project’ which aims to identify and lift up teenage environmental champions from around the world

Ben Goldsmith has revealed he is ‘working hard’ on an ‘Iris Project’ in tribute to his daughter who died in a quadbike accident on the family farm in 2019. 

Ben, 41, who lives with his wife Jemima and their children Eliza, four, son Arlo, three, and newest addition Vita Iris on their family farm in Somerset, took to Twitter and shared a heartwarming selfie with his late daughter Iris, who was just 15 when she lost her life in a buggy accident.

Alongside the poignant snap, he shared a broken heart emoji and penned: ’28 months and my heart aches.’

He added: ‘Working hard on an *Iris Project*. The aim will be to identify and lift up teenage environmental champions from around the world, and especially in marginalised and indigenous communities. A kind of green Nobel Prize for the young. Will report soon.’

Ben Goldsmith, 41, has revealed he is ‘working hard’ on an ‘Iris Project’ in tribute to his daughter who died in a quadbike accident on the family farm in 2019. Pictured, together

Iris (pictured, with Ben) was riding an all-terrain buggy, similar to a quad bike, around the family’s farm in North Brewham, Somerset, on July 8 2019 when it overturned

Ben revealed he is ‘working hard on an *Iris Project*’ and added how it will aim to identify and lift up teenage environmental champions from around the world (pictured)

Iris was one of three children from Ben’s first marriage, to banking heiress Kate Rothschild. They have two sons: Frank, 15, and Isaac, 12.

Iris was riding an all-terrain buggy, similar to a quad bike, around the family’s farm in North Brewham, Somerset, on July 8 2019 when it overturned. She was with a friend who immediately raised the alarm but she could not be saved. 

Last year, Ben told how he was missing his daughter Iris ‘more than ever’ when his family were in lockdown on the farm where the 15-year-old died. 

Speaking before the birth of his son, who is named after his late daughter, Ben told The Telegraph how he has been ‘missing Iris more than ever’ and ‘crying a lot’ wishing he could have his ‘kind, brilliant, beautiful girl back.’   

Ben shared a broken heart emoji and penned: ’28 months and my heart aches’ (pictured)

Last year, Ben told how he was missing his daughter Iris ‘more than ever’ when his family were in lockdown on the farm where the 15-year-old died (pictured, Ben and Iris in June 2017) 

Speaking at the farm on 24 March last year, Ben said he had found the coronavirus pandemic a ‘time of spiritual healing’ in a way, in spite of ‘all the human suffering taking place all over the world.’ 

He said life could be ‘frenetic’ with young children and a busy job, explaining: ‘An unexpected hiatus to all that has yielded an opportunity for real reflection, for connection with the inner self and for allowing emotions to rise to the surface.’

He went on to reveal how he’d been ‘crying a lot’ about the loss of his daughter, saying: ‘I’ve found myself missing my Iris more than ever in recent weeks. I’ve cried a lot. 

‘Maybe that’s been helpful. I don’t know. I just wish with all my might that I could have my kind, brilliant, beautiful girl back.’ 

Ben is the son of late billionaire tycoon Sir James Goldsmith and younger brother of Environment Minister Lord (Zac) Goldsmith and television producer Jemima Goldsmith.

Ben and his wife Jemima welcomed their daughter Vita Iris, naming the little girl after the late teenager

His mother, Lady Annabel, inspired the name of legendary Mayfair nightclub Annabel’s.      

It was revealed in April last year that Ben had welcomed a baby girl with his wife Jemima, nine months after the tragic death of his teenage daughter. 

Vita, the couple’s third child together, left hospital after a fortnight in the ICU, aunt Jemima Goldsmith announced on Instagram on Friday.

Sharing photos of brother Ben and sister-in-law Jemima with her newborn niece, the socialite wrote: ‘Welcome home, Vita Iris Goldsmith- my perfect little niece who left hospital today after a terrifying two weeks in the ICU & thanks to the brilliant doctors and nurses, a miraculous recovery.

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