Signing up for Love Island almost cost Ollie Williams £15.8million.
The heir was told he would be cut off from his inheritance when he announced he was planning to go on the show.
Ollie, 23, received a curt response when he told dad Andrew – the Lord of the Manor of Lanhydrock, in Cornwall – he would be heading to the South African villa.
“Initially, Dad said he would write me out of the will,” admitted Ollie. “He was jesting, of course. But as the process got more and more serious Dad is saying, ‘if you get through, I hope you take me to South Africa with you’. He is now on board.”
Ollie, who has never watched Love Island, admitted his mum is more of a fan.
“Mum is huge addict of the show,” he said. “Dad has been forced to watch the odd episode.”
Ollie said of the estate: “The house and the gardens are bequeathed to the National Trust. We live behind the house as a family. In the 1950s, it became very difficult to run a historic house fully staffed. And that’s the only real way to keep it alive.
“So it’s preserved as it was when we left it and we can still use it for functions and family parties. Our family home is not small. It’s called The Old Vicarage. It does the job. We don’t have any staff – apart from your regular cleaner.”
Ollie, who claimed he is a changed man after cheating on his previous girlfriend of four years several times, applied for the show after growing tired with life and work on the estate.
He said he keeps his vast fortune quiet when he starts dating a girl.
“In the past, girls have never known about my money – until I have taken them home,” he said. “I’m not a snob. And I don’t brag. I’m very humble and understated.
“The only way you find out is when you drive down the driveway and they see the estate – and go what the f***?”