IT was a marriage few would have predicted – one a hippy Hollywood star and the other, the heir to a sprawling British residence and historic titles.
But in 2002, the very different worlds of former Baywatch star AJ Langer and the future Earl of Devon Charles Courtenay collided when they fell for each other in Las Vegas.
At that point, the actress had “no idea about the castles or titles” – nor that she would put her acting career on hold to move 5,300 miles away and live in a 14th-century manor on 3,500 acres after tying the knot.
In 2015, AJ and Charles took over running the estate of his ancestral home, Powderham Castle, as the Lady and Earl of Devon – a decision AJ described as “so overwhelming”.
Now 18 years since their marriage, the couple are getting divorced and insiders tell the Mail that ‘homesickness’ and the stress of maintaining the 600-year-old residence were behind it.
Here we look back at their relationship timeline – from their unusual meeting to his parents' disapproval and struggles to adapt to their new life before the separation.
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The couple were raised in very different surroundings.
Charles grew up on a sprawling estate and was privately educated at Eton College before going on to study law at St John’s College, Cambridge.
Meanwhile, AJ was born in Ohio, and was raised in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, where she dreamed of becoming an actress.
That dream became a reality when she bagged roles in big Nineties TV shows including Beverley Hills, 90210, Baywatch and My So-Called Life, which is arguably her most famous role.
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