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Lady Colin Campbell
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Campbell in 2013
George William Ziadie

(1949-08-17) 17 August 1949 (age 74)
St Andrew, British Jamaica
Other names Georgia Arianna Ziadie
  • United Kingdom
  • Jamaica
Alma mater Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Author
  • socialite
  • television personality
Lord Colin Campbell
(m. 1974; div. 1975)
Children 2
Relatives Sir Peter Jonas (cousin)

Georgia Arianna, Lady Colin Campbell (née Ziadie, born 17 August 1949), also known as Lady C, is a British Jamaican author, socialite, and television personality who has published seven books about the British royal family. They include biographies of Diana, Princess of Wales, which was on The New York Times Best Seller list in 1992, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

Born into the Ziadie family, a prominent family of Lebanese descent, she grew up in the Colony of Jamaica as the child of a wealthy department store owner. ..... She moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology and began working as a model. ..... She legally changed her name from George William Ziadie to Georgia Arianna Ziadie, receiving a new birth certificate. While in the United States, she met and married Lord Colin Ivar Campbell, the second son of Ian Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyll and Louise Hollingsworth Morris Clews. The marriage quickly soured and they divorced nine months later following a scandal surrounding her gender at birth, with Campbell accusing her husband of selling a false story that she had a sex change to the papers.

As well as being a royal biographer, Campbell is a television personality who has made appearances on Comedy Nation, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, Celebs Go Dating, Salvage Hunters, Through the Keyhole, Good Morning Britain, and Celebs on the Farm. She is the châtelaine of Castle Goring in Worthing, the ancestral seat of the Shelley baronets, which she runs as a wedding venue and event space.

Early life

Campbell was born in Jamaica on 17 August 1949 as George William Ziadie, one of four children of department store owner Michael George Ziadie and Gloria Dey (née Smedmore). She claims her father was a Russian count and that she is thus a Russian countess in her own right and has stated that her family descends from Charlemagne and William the Conqueror. Campbell is a cousin of opera director Sir Peter Jonas.

Her family, the Ziadies, were prominent in Jamaica after emigrating from Lebanon, having grown wealthy from trade. Campbell moved from Jamaica to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Marriage and family

On 23 March 1974, after having known him for only five days, she married Lord Colin Ivar Campbell, the younger son of the eleventh Duke of Argyll. She has said of him, "He had the strongest personality of anyone I had ever met – he simply exuded strength, decisiveness and charm." However, their relationship quickly soured. The couple split after nine months over the scandal surrounding her gender at birth, and divorced after 14 months. She successfully sued several publications that claimed she was born a boy and had subsequently undergone a sex change, and accused her former husband of selling the untrue story for money. Her stepmother-in-law was Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, who was friends with Dame Barbara Cartland, step-grandmother to Diana, Princess of Wales.

In 1993, she adopted two Russian boys, Michael ‘Misha’ and Dimitri ‘Dima’, both of whom appeared on MTV's 2018 reality television show The Royal World calling themselves "Count".

In 2013, she bought Castle Goring, a Grade I listed country house in Worthing, Sussex. The property is the ancestral family home of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (although he never lived there) and the former seat of the Shelley baronets.

Writing career

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Campbell (second from left) at the London School of Business and Finance art panel in 2018

Campbell wrote special Radio pantomimes for the BBC in 1982 and 1983, entitled Dick Whittington and Sleeping Beauty. She is best known for her books on Diana, Princess of Wales, and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Her 1992 book, Diana in Private: The Princess Nobody Knows, provided information about Diana's struggle with bulimia and her affair with James Hewitt (insights into these matters deriving from the fact that "one of [Campbell's] closest friends was one of [Diana's] closest friends"). Campbell was dismissed as a fantasist, but some of her claims were later vindicated. Diana in Private appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list in 1992. Campbell later claimed that the book initially started as an authorised official biography but later Diana decided to make it an unofficial one and use it as a "get out of jail card" after being "advised by friends that she should play the victim."

Campbell's 2012 book, The Untold Life of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, was met with criticism. Her theorising, including claims quoting the Duke of Windsor regarding the Queen Mother's parentage, was dismissed by writers Hugo Vickers and Michael Thornton as "bizarre" and "complete nonsense". The timing of the publication of Campbell's book, a service of remembrance for the Queen Mother marking the tenth anniversary of her death, was also condemned. In The Sunday Times, the journalist Lynn Barber opined that Campbell's claims ought not to be dismissed out of hand. In The Independent, reviewing Campbell's The Royal Marriages, Barber had described her pleasure in encountering "an author so exhilaratingly untrammelled by any fear (or knowledge?) of the libel laws. Nothing is beyond her", concluding "either (Campbell) is the greatest gossip since Pepys or she is a complete fabulist: one can only read it and gawp... Lady Colin Campbell never bothers her head with anything so tedious as verification".

In 2020, Campbell released another biography called Meghan and Harry: The Real Story, addressing Meghan and Prince Harry's life, romance and ensuing rift with the royal family. Her other books include a book about her own mother titled Daughter of a Narcissus: A Family's Struggle to Survive their Mother's Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and a book about Queen Elizabeth II titled The Queen's Marriage. Campbell has been called a "polarizing figure" by Vanity Fair and an "amusing dinner partner" by Tina Brown.


Campbell appeared on Comedy Nation, a British TV show. In November 2015, she took part in the fifteenth TV series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. The following month, she left the programme before its conclusion "on medical grounds". In a later interview, Campbell said that she felt bullied into leaving the show by Tony Hadley and Duncan Bannatyne.

In 2016, she featured in a documentary entitled Lady C and the Castle, which was broadcast by ITV. The programme charted her journey in converting her dilapidated castle into a wedding venue. In 2017 she appeared at the castle in an episode of Salvage Hunters on Quest. She also appeared on Through the Keyhole, where Keith Lemon toured Castle Goring.

In August 2019, Campbell appeared on Celebs Go Dating, shown on E4.

..... She reiterated this defence on the launch of GB News in June 2021. ..... The case was later settled and the Mirror issued a public apology to Campbell.

In early 2021, she competed in the MTV series Celebs on the Farm.


In late 2016, Campbell suffered from sepsis.

Selected publications


(Withdrawn after legal threats from Lily Safra and subsequently reissued in 2008 with amendments) (Autobiography, profile of her mother) (Ghostwritten by the author on behalf of her dog)

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