LIVING in a huge stately home in Longleat as a multimillionaire would be a dream come true for many.
But, for Marchioness Emma Weymouth – who married into aristocracy in 2013 when she wed Ceawlin Thynn, then-Viscount Weymouth, 8th Marquess of Bath – it’s not always been easy.
The stunning former Strictly star, 36, and her mother-in-law were estranged after Ceawlin’s mother, Anna Thynn, the Dowager Marchioness of Bath, reportedly made racist remarks about her before their wedding.
Despite this, when Ceawlin’s father, the seventh Marquess of Bath, died in 2020, she became the first ever black Marchioness.
This week, Anna – who famously turned a blind eye to her husband's ‘wifelets of Bath’ – passed away at the age of 78.
Here, we look at how Emma rose above her mother-in-law's disdain to build a 'Disney-esque' life with her family on their £160million estate.
Socialite Emma married Ceawlin in Wiltshire, Longleat – best known for its sprawling wildlife park – in 2013, becoming Viscountess Weymouth immediately after the lavish ceremony.
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But what should have been a beautiful day for the couple was soured by the fact that his parents were not there.
While the Marchioness put up with her husband's womanising that saw him given the nickname “The Loins of Longleat,” she was less understanding of Ceawlin's choice of bride, who happens to be half-Nigerian.
She allegedly asked her heir – who now oversees the 10,000-acre Longleat – if he was sure about ruining “400 years of bloodline” by marrying Emma.
Lord Bath, who died of pneumonia after testing positive for Covid in 2020, and his wife failed to attend the couple's wedding, claiming they had already accepted another invitation.
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But it was later claimed the couple actually banned his mum from coming due to her racist remarks.
Ceawlin is later said to have stopped his mother from seeing his son, John, to prevent the child being “contaminated” by her racism.
Anna later denied she was a racist and said she had “absolutely nothing” against her daughter-in-law.
Before meeting Ceawlin, Emma was a socialite – as the daughter of Nigerian oil trader Ladi Jadesimi and English socialite Suzanna McQuiston.
The Thynn family were friends of Emma's from childhood.
She is close pals with fashionistas like Naomi Campbell, Edward Enniful and Lady Kitty Spencer – and she’s even a contributing editor for Vogue.
And she’s often seen out and about at high-profile fashion shows.
She attended the Burberry Spring/Summer 2023 catwalk show afterparty at The Twenty Two on Monday, wearing all black, possibly in mourning for her mother-in-law, despite their fall-out.
And earlier this month, she shared a picture on her Instagram with Kate Moss, congratulating her on the launch of her beauty and wellness brand Cosmoss.
Longleat House – where Emma lives with her husband and their two children – is absolutely stunning.
The impressive countryside property features 130 rooms – as well as its own safari park – but she and Ceawlin live in just one section of the home.
On TV show Snoop Dogs, viewers saw how Emma has combined expensive art with her children's drawings on the walls in the kitchen.
The couple’s bedroom features a huge four poster bed and there is stunning patterned wallpaper throughout.
Emma has put her personal touch to the rooms and in her bedroom she’s created a flower frame for her large mirror.
The living room is incredibly grand with huge draped curtains and massive pieces of art throughout, as well as large, plush, velvet sofas in bottle green.
There appears to be antique furniture scattered around their living quarters and even a library full of old books – with its very own secret door.
Emma even exercises in style as she has a Peloton exercise bike and running machine in one of the grand rooms.
The hard work is clearly paying off, as the star previously showed off her incredible washboard stomach during a sun-kissed holiday in the French Riviera.
Love of animals
Living on a safari park with her husband and two children, Emma obviously has a real love of animals.
She previously said: “Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be living in a safari park!
“It's a bit Disney, [but] I feel so lucky and happy to be where I am, I need to pinch myself.”
She’s an ambassador for Tusk, and loves getting stuck in to helping out with the 500 animals on her 9,000 acres of land.
When asked recently how much time she spends in the park, she said: “All the time. I literally gave a rhino a mud bath yesterday.”
Strictly voting scandal
In 2019, Emma took part in Strictly Come Dancing – partnered with Aljaz Skorjanec – but was eliminated in Week 7.
During her stint on the show, she was left “completely devastated” by a voting scandal inadvertently caused by a manager at her stately home.
She was "unaware" that a staff member at Longleat House in Wiltshire had offered to pay for colleagues to phone in and back her.
Darren Beasley, head of animal operations at Longleat's safari park, told staff he had been "authorised" to pay for their calls in a Facebook message posted on October 18.
He urged workers to keep their phone bills as proof, adding: “Tell your partners, mums, dads, cousins, granny and the dog if he can dial that number for Lady Emma and Aljaz.
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"Phoning this week will be free because Longleat will pay. Let’s keep them in for another week x. Happy voting.”
However, it was removed quickly, only seen by 109 people, and the BBC said it has "had no impact on the public vote”.
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