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Episode Info: Entrepreneur and style icon India Hicks has lived an extraordinary life so far. The daughter of designer David Hicks and granddaughter of Lord and Lady Mountbatten (and related to everyone from Prince Philip to Queen Victoria), she ran away, of sorts, to a remote island in the Bahamas and 25 years and five children later is still there. India talks about her famous and sometimes unconventional family, the challenge of taking her 90-year-old mother to Iceland, the joys of backpacking in rat-infested hostels and the harrowing experience of Hurricane Dorian. Our host Lisa is the producer of the un-missable India Hicks Podcast and is delighted to have India on Big Travel Podcast.   On this episode we cover:   Running away to live on Harbour Island Getting naked on the Bahamas Growing up with her famous interior decorator father David Hicks And of course her grandparents the Mountbattens The rough and ready first days on the then remote island No internet, no mobiles, little communication with the outside world Going into labour knowing nothing about birth Her father building an ‘Egyptian mausoleum’ on a neighbouring Eleuthera Falling pregnant after four months Her five children with partner David Flint Wood The history of unconventionality in her family Island life being a mix of magical pink sands and turquoise waters… But the awful lot of hardship that goes with it The terrifying and damaging hurricanes Having very little medical help If the boat doesn’t come there is no food on the island The on-going aftermath of the Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas ‘A natural disaster on a scale that had never been seen there’ India’s campaigning for support of hurricane victims Feeling hesitant about being on the island for the first time in her life The harrowing experiences during the hurricane and tsunami Countless victims still missing The world moves onto the next disaster Islands uninhabitable and townships completely gone Having a somewhat gung ho attitude Growing up in an extraordinary family Becoming aware of her father’s success as a designer Being called India being rare at school Growing up extraordinary homes due to her designer father The unique partnership between her grandfather Lord Mountbatten and Lady Mountbatten Lord Mountbatten being last Viceroy of India Lady Mountbatten being a great adventurer And sent to help with prisoners of war in the jungle You must listen to the India Hicks Podcast Backpacking round the world age 18 Staying in rat-infested youth hostels for 50p a night Also staying in Maharajah’s palaces How travel has never been so important Family holidays as a child, not so interesting museums Her brother Ashley Hicks paying attention to the history The murder of her grandfather by the IRA Ten grandchildren on family holidays with her grandfather in Ireland How the family focus was initially ripped apart The long period of healing Her aunt setting the example that there was going to be no bitterness towards Ir...
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