Mother's eulogy for daughter Iris Goldsmith, 15, at funeral: 'Love like she loved, and live like she lived'

Jonathan Prynn

The mother of Iris Goldsmith told mourners at her daughter’s funeral how the teenager’s death in a tragic accident has left her “shattered into a thousand unfindable pieces”.

The 15-year-old firstborn child of financier and environmentalist Ben Goldsmith and his ex-wife Kate Rothschild was killed when she became trapped under the 4x4 off-road farm vehicle she had been driving at the family farm in Somerset.

In a eulogy delivered at a private funeral in St Mary’s Church in Barnes on Wednesday, Ms Rothschild described Iris, who attended Wycombe Abbey boarding school in Buckinghamshire, as having an “endless capacity for love”.

She added that she “can’t possibly begin to explain the ocean of grief we find ourselves in or the feeling of being shattered into a thousand unfindable pieces. And even harder than that would be to explain her, to really do her justice.

Iris' brother Frankie, and centre right, her father Ben, carry her coffin

“She was simply spectacular, her light was brighter than any I’ve ever known. She was just magical, but there aren’t enough words, or I don’t know how to find them at least.”

Hundreds of friends and family members attended the service in south-west London, which was led by the Bishop of Buckingham, Dr Alan Wilson.

Iris as a toddler with her mother Kate

Singer Emeli Sandé performed in the church before soprano Ana Beard Fernández sang Ave Maria.

Iris, who had plans to become a barrister, had just started her summer holidays when the accident happened. Her mother told mourners: “Yes, Iris was life-giving and free and fun and wild, but she also worked harder than any girl I’ve ever known and she cared, she cared so much about living her best life.

“She had so many plans and dreams and ambitions and she was willing to put everything she had into reaching them.

"So my message to you, and all I really wanted to say today, is this —please, if there is any glimmer of light in this darkness, it’s that you will keep her in your hearts, remember the words she gave you and the way she made you feel and let it drive you forward.

“Take every opportunity that is given to you, live life as openly and fully as you possibly can, love like she loved, live like she lived, work like she worked, try like she tried.

“You have given her the most beautiful send-off, your tributes have profoundly touched us all, now go and live your lives like she would have wanted you to, thrive like she wanted you to and like she intended to.

Iris in family pictures

"And then maybe, just maybe, this won’t all have been for nothing. Goodbye, my angel, you were always on a whole other level to the rest of us, now you are truly untouchable. I am so proud of you and I always will be, we will miss you for the rest of time.”

Iris’s brothers Frankie and Isaac also delivered a message at the funeral. Mr Goldsmith — the younger brother of Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith and filmmaker Jemima Khan — married Ms Rothschild in 2003, uniting two of Britain’s most wealthy dynasties, but divorced a decade later.

An inquest into Iris’s death was due to be opened and adjourned today.

The incident on July 8 was not treated as suspicious by police.