Emma, 27, is Britain’s first black aristocrat. The daughter of a Nigerian oil tycoon, she has made history by becoming Britain’s first black Marchioness. Married to the handsome Viscount Ceawlin Thynne, 38, Emma will become Lady Bath when Thynne receives his inheritance.
This journey of love has been far from fairytale bliss as Emma has faced 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.’
Emma has actually known Ceawlin – 12 years her senior – since she was four and a bridesmaid at Iain and Silvy’s wedding.
Over the years they would see each other at family celebrations – Emma, then 18, went to Ceawlin’s 30th birthday party. Their relationship only began when, by chance, they both attended the same dinner a little over two years ago.
‘I think our relationship was all about timing. We knew each other but we just didn’t see each other that often so it was waiting to happen when we bumped into each other in 2011. It was luck, fate that we were both there. And it was instant then. Because we had this shared background we were very comfortable with each other. I do believe in fate – I think you have to. It helps make sense of things. It might not happen straight away, it may take time, but when it happens that is it,’ she says a little breathlessly, breaking off as the door bursts open (we are sitting in one of Longleat’s private dining rooms surrounded by Alexander’s mural of the Evolution of Man) and Ceawlin enters.
Emma who is a food blogger, was criticized by Ceawlin’s mother (who refused to attend the wedding) because she felt Emma was marrying Ceawlin to boost her Chef career. Emma was hurt by this but didn’t let it stop her from marrying the love of her life, she continues to smile and hopes for many beautiful children in their future.
If Emma and Ceawlin have children, they will be the first ever mixed race dynasty in the 1000-year history of the British nobility. They will live in the the opulent Longleat stately home built in 1567, set among 100,000 acres of rolling English countryside.
Be sure to check out Emma’s blog at www.emmamcquiston.com
Behind The Scenes Footage
Special Thank You to Emma McQuiston for interviewing with us, such a beautiful person inside and out, also The 48Lounge & The New Fashion Night Out
Thank you to the WMDSF Team
Photographer: Brandon E. Bolds
Videographer: Tristan Crishom