'Ladies of London' Q&A

Caroline Stanbury dishes on British high society and her first impression of the other ladies.

on Jun 2

Bravotv.com: What are the biggest differences between American and British high society?
Caroline Stanbury: In America I think that if you become rich, you ARE society. Money and fame opens the door to society in the States. In England it's about the family name and breeding. Most of the old aristocratic families don't have money anymore.

Bravotv.com: What was it like growing up in British high society?
Caroline: It is privileged and a lot is expected of you. There are a lot of rules and you have to conform. For example, I went to boarding school and hated every minute of it, but that was something you did if you were growing up in British society. You are expected to follow the behavior of the generations before you.

Bravotv.com: What's the most luxurious item you've every purchased?
Caroline: My black-on-black crocodile Hermes Birkin

Bravotv.com: What did you think of Caprice saying that you are nice to people’s faces but annihilate them once they walk away? Is it true?
Caroline: It is totally out of character for me, and most of my friends have been around me for 20-something years. I am fiercely loyal, and friends will say that if I ever say something, it is often off the back of being poked. I am simply not a walkover.

Bravotv.com: You say that you sometimes say things you shouldn’t – was there a time that you got into some trouble speaking your mind?
Caroline: All the time. Because I speak before I think sometimes, and because in my everyday life I'm so busy, I don't have time to wrap things up in cotton wool. I can say things I think are truthful, but they come out as hurtful and I haven't meant it in that way at all. I'm still learning.