Britain is set to welcome its first black marchioness!!! Emma McQuiston, who is the daughter of a Nigerian oil tycoon and Oxford graduate – Ladi Jadesimi, will be getting married to Ceawlin Thynne, the Viscount Weymouth. Ceawlin is the son of the notorious Marquess of Bath. 26 – year old Emma, who boasts of an impressive CV; she’s a former actress and celebrity chef, has admitted that her presence at Longleat has raised eyebrows among some elements of the aristocracy. She said;
There has been some snobbishness, particularly among the older generation. 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, or forming an opinion about you before they even know you.
Her mother Suzanna also admits to being worried on her daughter’s behalf but hopes she’ll be accepted. Suzanna said;
I always felt there might be this slightly snobbish thing about anyone that’s black but it seems that everybody has taken Emma into their hearts and they love her.
Emma grew up in the rolling Wiltshire countryside and has long been part of her future husband’s circle, first meeting him when she was just four years old. Her mother, Suzanna McQuiston, had already been married when she met Emma’s father, and had a son named Ian, now 51. Ian is the husband of Lady Silvy Cerne Thynne, the daughter of the sixth Marquess of Bath by his second wife, and the half-sister of the current incumbent. Lady Silvy is the Viscount of Weymouth’s aunt, which means that his soon to be brother-in-law is also his uncle.
With connections such as these, it is perhaps no surprise that McQuiston was a regular guest at Longleat celebrations, often spending Christmas and Easter with the Bath family. So familiar with Longleat is she, McQuiston even made the state rooms the subject of a dissertation she wrote at 18. ‘I’ve always loved it here,’ she says of the house. ‘I would see Ceawlin at Christmas, Easter and family get-togethers.’
After studying history of art at University College London, she became an actress before reinventing herself as a celebrity chef with her own internet television show. McQuiston also has her own food blog in which she charts her passion for eating, posting a stream of photos of herself posing with the unusual food and drink she unearths. More recently, her blog has taken on a distinctly romantic flavour with McQuiston happily posting photos of herself and her fiance on holiday at Disneyland, as well as writing of wedding dress fittings with her mother.