Emma McQuiston, the daughter of a Nigerian oil baron, is marrying into the family of the eccentric Marquess of Bath.
26-year-old Emma McQuiston will become Britain’s First Black Marchioness when she gets married to Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, in June at his family home. The couple have been dating for 18 months and have known each other since when Ms. McQuiston was four.
Ms. McQuiston is the daughter of Ladi Jadesimi, a Nigerian oil baron. The aspiring television chef will make history when she marries into Britain’s most eccentric aristocratic family. Her father-in-law to-be is Alexander Thynn, the seventh Marquess of Bath who has had at least 75 mistresses whom he refers to as “wifelets.”
The arts graduate and former head girl will initially be a viscountess, then Marchioness of Bath when her husband inherits the title of Marquess of Bath.
Ms. McQuiston said of her future father-in-law, “He wanted a happy, harmonious life with lots of women and lots of babies. That’s what he set out for in the Sixties and that’s what he’s stuck to.”
Ms. McQuinston’s fiancé, Viscount Weymouth, 38, currently runs the family’s Longleat Estate which has a Safari park said to be “the first drive-through Safari park outside Africa.”
The would-be aristocratic wife says she has so far faced racism and snobbery from the upper class who are unwilling to accept her. “There has been some snobbishness, particularly among the much older generation,” she told a U.K. Magazine.
‘There’s class and then there’s the racial thing. It’s a jungle and I’m going through it and discovering things as I grow up. I’m not super-easily offended but it’s a problem when someone’s making you feel different or separate because of your race. I have never had anything horrible said or happen but it is something you sense. You can just tell with some people.”