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The widow Marchioness of Bath dies just 10 days before her 79th birthday

Lord Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath poses with his wife, actress and war correspondent Anna Gael, outside Longleat House
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The widow Marchioness of Bath – who quarreled with her son over marrying Strictly Come Dancing star Emma Weymouth and whose husband Lord Bath had more than 70 mistresses – dies just 10 days before her 79th birthday

  • The widow Marchioness of Bath died in Paris, where she spent much of her time
  • Anna Gael has accepted her eccentric husband Alexander Thynn’s infidelity
  • But she was less forgiving of son Ceawlin’s choice of bride Emma McQuiston
  • She reportedly asked Ceawlin if he was sure he was ruining “400 years of bloodline.”

The widow Marchioness of Bath had died just 10 days before her 79th birthday.

Anna Gael, a former actress and model, died in Paris, where she lived most of her life after years of reconciling her husband’s womanhood.

Some wives are willing to tolerate their husband having a mistress. Not many are willing to turn a blind eye when he has more than 70 of them.

However, the Dowager Marchioness of Bath did just that, with the infidelities of her eccentric husband, Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess.

While Mrs Gael had to endure her husband’s womanizing which earned him the nickname ‘The Loins of Longleat’, she had less sympathy for her son Ceawlin’s choice.

She reportedly asked Ceawlin – then heir to Longleat, with his 10,000-acre estate, deer park and reported fortune of £150million – if he was certain he was ruining “400 years of bloodline” by marrying Emma McQuiston, the half-Nigerian daughter an oil tycoon.

Known as Emma Weymouth after marrying Ceawlin, then Viscount Weymouth, in 2013, she rose to fame as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.

Lord Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath poses with his wife, actress and war correspondent Anna Gael, outside Longleat House

Lord Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath poses with his wife, actress and war correspondent Anna Gael, outside Longleat House

Emma Weymouth, Marchioness of Bath, and Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth attend the opening of Idris Elba and David Farber's Porte Noire Bar and Shop at Coal Drops Yard last year

Emma Weymouth, Marchioness of Bath, and Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth attend the opening of Idris Elba and David Farber’s Porte Noire Bar and Shop at Coal Drops Yard last year

Emma Weymouth, Marchioness of Bath, attends the amfAR Gala Cannes 2022 at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc earlier this year

Emma Weymouth, Marchioness of Bath, attends the amfAR Gala Cannes 2022 at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc earlier this year

Lord Bath, who died of pneumonia after testing positive for Covid in 2020 aged 87, did not attend the couple’s wedding. His wife was also absent, claiming they had already accepted another invitation.

Ceawlin reportedly prevented his mother from seeing his son John to prevent the child from being “contaminated” by her racism.

Anna later denied being a racist and said she had “absolutely nothing” against her daughter-in-law.

Anna was born in Hungary, the daughter of a mathematician and a poet. After moving to France as a child, she began acting at the age of 15 under the stage name Anna Gael, appearing in films such as Therese And Isabelle and Take Me, Love Me.

She met Alexander in Paris and became his mistress while married to French film director Gilbert Pineau.

Although she lived mainly in Paris while Lord Bath spent much of their marriage in Wiltshire, when reporting that they were separated she complained to a newspaper and insisted that this was not true.

It wasn’t just Emma’s arrival at Longleat that strained Ceawlin’s relationship with his parents.

The biggest point of contention was Ceawlin and Emma’s decision to remove some of the garish murals of Lord Bath that his father had painted for him and his sister when they were children.

The disputes were exposed by a memorable BBC1 documentary, All Change At Longleat.

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