Here is more about her. Her mother is white btw.
Britain's first black Marchioness and her very upwardly mobile family: It all began with a seaman's daughter called Eileen Patience Pike from Brighton
- Emma McQuiston is the daughter of a Nigerian oil tycoon
- Her mother had an affair with one of Nigeria's richest men
- Emma is to wed the Viscount of Weymouth, who owns Longleat
- Her half-brother Ian is married to Ceawlin's aunt, Lady Silvy Cerne Thynne
The three McQuiston women live in a charming white-brick house in a hidden corner of Kensington.
It is so tucked away that it feels almost secret, as though the people who live here belong to a secret society: a society of the super-rich, apart from the rest of us.
Suzanna McQuiston and her daughters, Samantha, 48, and Emma, 27, like it very much.
But in June, Emma will be moving out, for a rather special reason — she is marrying Ceawlin Thynn,
Ceawlin is heir apparent to Longleat House, a stately home in Wiltshire known in equal measure for its safari park and the fact that Ceawlin’s father, the current Marquess of Bath, has dozens of ‘wifelets’ scattered about in cottages on the estate.
At home: Emma McQuiston from the May Issue of Tatler, posing in front of Longleat House. She is the daughter of a Nigerian oil tycoon, a former actress and celebrity chef who is soon to marry Ceawlin Thynne, Viscount Weymouth
Emma appears on the cover of the May issue of Tatler in a billowing strapless red gown, in front of Longleat House, with the magazine trumpeting the fact that Emma is to become ‘Britain’s first black marchioness’.
Her mother and sister are not surprised that the aspiring TV chef has made such a good match. All three McQuiston women are beguiling to the opposite sex. And for some reason, they all seem to attract a certain type of man.
Take Emma’s mother, Suzanna. In the early Eighties, she had an affair with Ladi Jadesimi, a married Nigerian oil baron who is Emma’s father. He is one of the richest men in Nigeria.
And Samantha? Well, she had a long relationship with John Roberts, a multi-millionaire Australian tycoon who won the contract to build the new Wembley stadium.
Matriarch: Suzanne McQuiston, mother of the Viscount's fiancee Emma
After his death aged 73 in 2006, she learned he had left her AU$10 million in his will (£6,845,360 at today’s exchange rate). He was one of the richest men in Australia.
It is true that Ceawlin, Viscount Weymouth, is not one of the richest men in England, but Longleat House, and its 900 acres of prime Wiltshire land, must be worth quite a sum.
Anyway, Emma appears to be doing quite well for herself already.
The house in Kensington, for example, is conservatively estimated to be worth £7 million. There is no mortgage on the property, which the McQuiston ladies moved into in 2008. The house is owned by Kleinwort Benson (Jersey) Trustees, a private banking and investment management firm.
A couple of miles away in just as exclusive Belgravia, Emma and her sister Samantha own a large four-storey house, which they bought in 2008 and which is estimated to be worth up to £9 million.
They rent the property out for an estimated £24,000 per month. There is no mortgage on that property, either.
It would seem Mr Jadesimi has been generous to his daughter, unless, of course, being an aspiring television chef pays better than you might think.
In her interview with Tatler, Emma speaks of how her mixed-race heritage has exposed her to snobbery and prejudice since her engagement to Ceawlin. ‘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.’
But is that really so? After all, Alexander, the 80-year-old Marquess of Bath, is himself famously unconventional. He has been married to his Hungarian-born wife Anna for nearly 45 years, but his wifelets are from a variety of backgrounds.
Lady in the library: Emma McQuiston, who is set to marry the heir to national treasure Longleat House, where she is pictured reclining
In fact, an impeccably placed source confirms there is disquiet about the engagement in the family, but it has nothing to do with Emma’s colour.
‘Yes, there is dismay and disquiet about the engagement, but that’s because Emma appears to be so self-promoting and, indeed, did not hesitate to promote her fledgling career as a TV chef — or her blog — in the magazine interview about her engagement.’
That engagement certainly caused quite a stir at Longleat, especially among the wifelets, who naturally fear that when Ceawlin and his bride eventually take over the estate, they will be evicted from their comfortable cottages.
Another acquaintance of the family says it has not helped that Emma’s mother and sister have both, by one of those quirks of fate, had relationships with multi-millionaires.
‘There is this suspicion among some of Ceawlin’s friends, which may be terribly unfair, but is difficult to avoid given the McQuiston family . . . ahem . . . history, that Longleat House and everything that goes with it are part of the attraction for Emma,’ explains the source.
Unfair indeed, given that the couple are clearly very much in love and that he pursued her.
And then there’s the matter of the personal style she demonstrates on her blog. The source said: ‘In this day and age, you wouldn’t expect an attractive young lady to dress like a Victorian, but she’s a little too far the other way.
Bride-to-be: Emma McQuiston will become the UK's first black marchioness when she weds Ceawlin Thynne
‘For example, posting pictures of herself in a bikini on her blog is seen as not being in very good taste.’
Emma’s blog undoubtedly exerts a peculiar fascination on the reader, brimming as it is with self-love. Ostensibly a blog about food, the pictures of the dishes (healthy, low calorie) prepared by Emma vie for attention with photographs of Emma herself.
Emma pouting in Florida; Emma pouting in Venice; Emma pouting in St Tropez. It goes on and on.
Soon Emma will finally have the attention she craves as the Marchioness of Bath and there seems little doubt she will revel in the role.
The McQuiston ladies all speak impeccable received pronunciation and are perceived by those who know them to be ‘posh’.
So, are they are posh as they sound? Actually, no.
Emma’s mother was born Eileen Patience Pike in Brighton to an able seaman and his wife. In 1961, aged just 17 and a hairdresser in Weymouth, Dorset, she married Ian McQuiston, a 25-year-old sales rep.
Six months later, in March 1962, and by now living in Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire, she gave birth to a son, Ian, in Southampton. Samantha Jane followed in November 1964. It is not known when the couple split up, but, at some point, Mrs McQuiston decided to reinvent herself. Eileen Patience was consigned to history and Suzanna Louize (sic) was born. She was impossibly beautiful in those days: Suzanna Louize suited her better.
By the early Eighties, Suzanna Louize had become part of a bohemian crowd of wealthy Londoners and foreigners living in the city — Iranians, Nigerians, and other exotic nationalities — who gathered at each other’s houses to drink and discuss art, poetry and the like.
Future marchioness: Emma McQuiston with the Viscount of Weymouth at a private screening of Skyfall
Usually, she brought along her daughter, Samantha. One woman who was a regular at the gatherings remembers the pair well. ‘I’m afraid I rather disapproved of Suzanna,’ she says.
‘I didn’t think it was proper for a mother to be going out for the night with her daughter.
‘Suzanna was stunningly beautiful, a real head turner, but she dressed in very provocative clothes — it was very mutton dressed as lamb. Samantha looked quite old-fashioned next to her.
‘Nowadays, it would bring to mind Saffy and Edina in Absolutely Fabulous. Later, I heard Suzanna had hooked up with a very rich Nigerian and I wasn’t surprised, given her beauty.’
Indeed, it was possibly at one of these gatherings that Suzanna met Oxford-educated Ladi Jadesimi, then a chartered accountant who lived part of the time in London with his Nigerian wife, Alero, at their house on The Bishops Avenue in Hampstead, the so-called ‘Millionaires’ Row’ (this was the Eighties, when there weren’t many millionaires).
Ladi, son of an Anglican cleric, was to become even richer in the Nineties when he began investing in the Nigerian oil industry. Today, he is executive chairman of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base, known as LADOL. Ladi has four children with Alero, one of whom, Oxford-educated Amy, is managing director of LADOL.
Love: The Viscount of Weymouth proposed during a romantic trip to Disneyland, according to McQuiston
A member of Nigerian high society who knows the family, says: ‘Ladi is a good-looking, charming man. He’s not gregarious, but quiet and thoughtful.
‘He’s one of the richest men in Nigeria. He owns lots of companies and has properties all over the place. A lot of businessmen in Nigeria are corrupt, but Ladi is totally straight.
‘He’s a good man but his Achilles heel is women. He’s rather a womaniser and likes blondes, which doesn’t go down very well with Nigerian women. So it’s easy to see why he fell for Suzanna. I understand that Ladi is now separated from his wife, though fairly amicably, but I believe they were together when he had the affair with Suzanna.’
Emma was born on March 26, 1986, at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. On the birth certificate, Suzanna and Ladi gave the same address in Kensington as their usual residence.
Ladi also put down his residence on The Bishops Avenue, suggesting he may have been shuttling between the two places. It’s not known how long the relationship endured, but in the interview with Tatler, Suzanna says: ‘He’s a dear friend and a good man and he gave me Emma.’
The McQuistons forged connections with Longleat in 1989 when Emma was just four. Her elder brother Ian, then 27 — who by now had inserted an ‘I’ in his name and had become Iain (at least it wasn’t a Z) — married 30-year-old Lady Silvy Thynn, a half aunt of Ceawlin’s.
Iain, then a decorator, and Lady Silvy, who is described as a gilder on her marriage certificate, now live in Kensington and have two children.
Future home: McQuiston will become the chatelaine of the stunning Longleat House after she marries
Emma, who was a bridesmaid at the wedding, used to see her future husband at family gatherings.
She was living in London with her mother and sister and attended Queen’s Gate School, where she was head girl, and then studied history of art at University College London.
It wasn’t until she bumped into Ceawlin at Soho House, a private members’ club in London, 18 months ago, that they began a relationship.
By then, Ceawlin had taken over the running of Longleat. Emma, after a failed attempt at becoming a movie star, had taken to cookery. Relationships with an American and a Nigerian hadn’t worked out.
For his part, Ceawlin’s romantic history had been brushed by tragedy. In 1996, he was caught up in a terrorist attack in India in which his then girlfriend, Jane Kirby, 29, was killed.
Friends say Ceawlin, to the dismay of his family, was quickly besotted with Emma and she began staying with him for extended periods at his private apartments on the Longleat estate.
New in-laws: Ceawlin, McQuiston's husband-to-be, with his father, the notorious Marquess of Bath
Last November, Ceawlin proposed to her in the middle of the night after an evening out at Annabel’s nightclub in London. Emma says her father, Ladi, will walk her down the aisle at her wedding in June.
Ladi’s wife, Alero, will not be happy about this, according to the Nigerian family friend.
‘Alero is a very regal, dignified woman who wouldn’t dream of showing her feelings about Ladi’s affair with Suzanna in public,’ she explains. ‘It is possible she has accepted Emma’s existence, but she will not like Emma talking about her father so publicly.
‘She is a woman who likes to keep that sort of thing private, and Ladi, also, is a very private man.’
Unlike Emma, who will no doubt be keen to adopt a high profile when she moves into Longleat House and becomes Marchioness-in-waiting.
How well the McQuiston ladies have done for themselves.
And to think that it all began with a young girl called Eileen Patience Pike.