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Jemima Khan shares pays tribute to niece Iris Goldsmith, 15, a week after her funeral

Jemima Khan paid tribute to her late niece Iris Goldsmith in a touching Instagram post shared a week after the teenager’s funeral. 

Writing on the social media site yesterday, Jemima, 45, shared the meaning of the name Iris: ‘Rainbow goddess of Greek mythology who used rainbows as a bridge to carry messages from the gods to mankind.’

The poetic message was shared alongside a photo of a girl, believed to be Iris, looking out across the sea with a rainbow. 

A second photo shows a group of youngsters, believed to be Iris’ friends, gathered at a tree shrine to the teenager in Barnes Common, south-west London. Covered in flowers and messages to the youngster, it has been dubbed ‘Iris’ tree’.

Jemima Khan paid tribute to her late niece Iris Goldsmith in a touching Instagram post shared a week after the teenager’s funeral. Among the photos was this one of a group of youngsters, believed to be Iris’ friends, at a shrine in Barnes Common, south-west London

Iris, 15, the daughter of Kate Rothschild and Ben Goldsmith, was killed when her 4x4 vehicle flipped on her family farm in North Brewham, Somerset, two weeks ago. Her family released this photo of the teenager on the day of

Iris, 15, the daughter of Kate Rothschild and Ben Goldsmith, was killed when her 4×4 vehicle flipped on her family farm in North Brewham, Somerset, two weeks ago. Her family released this photo of the teenager on the day of 

Iris, 15, the daughter of Kate Rothschild and Ben Goldsmith, was killed when her 4×4 vehicle flipped on her family farm in North Brewham, Somerset, two weeks ago. 

Her aunt Jemima, the older sister of Mr Goldsmith, was among the mourners who attended the private  funeral at St Mary’s Church in Barnes, south-west London, last Wednesday.

Her grief-stricken father and younger brother Frankie, 13, were pictured fighting back tears as they led pallbearers in carrying her coffin.

Slowly following them down the central aisle during the sombre ceremony was her mother Kate and brother Isaac, 11.  

Jemima shared this poetic message about the definition of the name Iris, alongside a photo of a girl, believed to be Iris, looking out across the sea with a rainbow, both seen above

Jemima shared this poetic message about the definition of the name Iris, alongside a photo of a girl, believed to be Iris, looking out across the sea with a rainbow, both seen above

They were joined by her cousins Sulaiman and Kasim Khan, and her uncles, James Rothschild and Zac Goldsmith. 

Behind them were aunts, grandparents and cousins, who kept their heads low while Heartbeats by José González played through speakers before Emile Sande gave a live performance. 

Jemima, pictured last month, is the sister of Ben Goldsmith, Iris' father

Jemima, pictured last month, is the sister of Ben Goldsmith, Iris’ father

In an emotional eulogy, Iris’s heartbroken mother Kate said the family have been torn apart by her death.

She 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.’

Her brothers Frankie and Isaac also delivered a message at the funeral, which was led by the Bishop of Buckingham, Dr Alan Wilson. 

The family also made public a number of photos of Iris last week. 

Images included a touching tribute by Iris’s friends that saw them inscribe her name in sand in huge letters and lock hands on a beach in Cornwall.

The family made public a handful of photos from Iris' funeral at St Mary's Church in Barnes, London, last Wednesday, including this one of her coffin being carried from the church

The family made public a handful of photos from Iris’ funeral at St Mary’s Church in Barnes, London, last Wednesday, including this one of her coffin being carried from the church

The family released a photo of the order of service

And one of Iris in school uniform

The family released a photo of the order of service, left, and one of Iris in school uniform, right

Grief-stricken father Ben Goldsmith, pictured, has paid tribute to his daughter on a number of occasions. This photo was released by the family last week

Grief-stricken father Ben Goldsmith, pictured, has paid tribute to his daughter on a number of occasions. This photo was released by the family last week

Other candid shots showed the ‘life-giving, fun and free’ 15-year-old putting on her school uniform, pinning up polaroids on the wall of her room and cradling a young child. 

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

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.

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