Since leaving Harrow, Nikolai has been living on-and-off at his parents’ palatial Belgravia home.
Its hallway boasts a life-sized portrait of Margaret Thatcher and he frequently throws all-night parties in its gilded living room – said to be popular among his friends because the bar area alone is bigger than many of their entire flats.
He is carving out a successful career as a photographer and is taken seriously by the art world, having left school at 17 to intern in America with Kate’s friend Testino – who also once photographed his mother.
Count Nikolai is one of the most eligible bachelors in England – and not just because he is the heir to a multi-million pound fortune and the great-great-grandson of Otto von Bismarck, the first chancellor of Germany.
When, on Friday night, a healthy and happy-looking Kate Moss was spotted escorting her 28-year-old photographer boyfriend to a cinema near her home in north London, there was relief among her friends – and widespread sympathy, too.These have been troubling times for the world’s most iconic supermodel, who has endured the painful and very public collapse of her marriage to Jamie Hince, a guitarist with little known ‘indie’ band The Kills.