Source: Jadili Africa
Britain’s first black marchioness, as she prepares to marry into one of Britain’s most eccentric aristocratic families. A marchioness is above the ranking of countess, but below duchess, Emma McQuiston, 26, is the daughter of a Nigerian oil tycoon. She is to wed Ceawlin Thynne, Viscount of Weymouth, 38. His father, the Marquess of Bath, is notorious for his harem of ‘wifelets’. The Viscount is heir to Longleat House and its 100,000 acre estate. Her half-brother Ian is married to Ceawlin’s aunt, Lady Silvy Cerne Thynne. But the daughter of a Nigerian oil baron says she faces racism and snobbery from the upper classes unwilling to accept her.
‘There has been some snobbishness, particularly among the much older generation,
she told society magazine Tatler.
‘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.’
The 26-year-old aspiring television chef will marry Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, in June at his family seat Longleat after an 18-month courtship.
The arts graduate and former head girl will initially be a viscountess, becoming Marchioness of Bath when her husband inherits the title.
She’s a former actress, artist, chef, and avid blogger
See her blog here: http://emmamcquiston.com/