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Mother of Iris Goldsmith speaks of 'ocean of grief' after teenager daughter's death

Iris Goldsmith, 15, died suddenly on Monday afternoon. Credit: PA

The mother of Iris Goldsmith has spoken of her "ocean of grief", after the teenager was killed in an accident on the family farm in Somerset.

The 15-year-old died suddenly last Monday afternoon when she became trapped after a vehicle she was riding, similar to a quad bike, overturned.

Iris Goldsmith died in a quad biking accident last week. Credit: PA

The inquest into the young girl's death is due to open in Taunton. A private funeral attended by family and friends was held at St Mary's Chruch in Barnes, south-west London, on Wednesday afternoon.

Tributes left for 15-year-old Iris Goldsmith on Barnes Common in south-west London Credit: Family handout/Freuds/PA

In her eulogy, Ms Rothschild said: "I 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. 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.”

The order of service for Iris’s funeral. Credit: Family handout/Freuds/PA

Iris's brothers, Frankie and Isaac, also spoke at the service for their sister.

The family have released photos and details of the service, as the inquest into her death, which they are not expected to attend, was due to open.

Iris Goldsmith with her mother Kate Rothschild. Credit: Family handout/Freuds/PA

Her mother said in the eulogy: “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.

Iris Goldsmith with her father, Ben Goldsmith. Credit: Family handout/Freuds/PA

“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. And then maybe, just maybe this won’t all have been for nothing.

Iris Goldsmith was ‘life-giving and free and fun and wild’, her mother said in her eulogy at her funeral. Credit: Family handout/Freuds/PA

“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 was the first child of Mr Goldsmith – who is the younger brother of Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith and filmmaker Jemima Khan – and his ex-wife, Ms Rothschild.

The funeral of 15-year-old Iris Goldsmith at St Mary’s Church in Barnes, south-west London. Credit: Family handout/Freuds/PA

They married in 2003, uniting two of Britain’s most wealthy families, but divorced a decade later.

The teenager, who attended Wycombe Abbey, an independent girls’ boarding school in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, died at the start of the summer holidays.

Police are not treating Iris’s death as suspicious. Credit: Family handout/Freuds/PA

The incident on the family farm near the village of North Brewham, Somerset, was not treated as suspicious by police.