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Editor's Viewpoint: Aristocrat won admiration for working to heal division

Editor's Viewpoint

The stereotypical image of an aristocrat, especially one who can boast a royal lineage, is of someone living in a baronial pile, in contact only with their own set and remote from the general population.

But Sasha, the Duchess of Abercorn, was not cut from that cloth. Instead, she thought of the children being brought up in a land of conflict and how she could help them cope and help to heal divisions.

Her status and connections made a huge difference to her ground-breaking Pushkin Prize, helping her to make it cross-community and cross-border, and winning her the admiration of so many.

She will be mourned, but she leaves a very beneficial legacy.

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