NEW WIVES HAVE OZ RE­LA­TION

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The lat­est in­stal­ment of The Real House­wives fran­chise may be set in the US, but it has a uniquely Aussie con­nec­tion.

Ash­ley Boalch Darby (above), at 27 the youngest of the six women fea­tured in The Real House­wives of Po­tomac, is mar­ried to 56-year-old Aus­tralian real-es­tate mogul Michael Darby.

Not only that, but the cou­ple re­cently opened Oz Restau­rant and Bar, the first Aus­tralian restau­rant in Wash­ing­ton, DC, (home to Po­tomac, one of the US’s wealth­i­est com­mu­ni­ties).

“The show will doc­u­ment the be­gin­ning of the restau­rant and all of the hic­cups we had along the way, and re­ally where we are now,” Boalch Darby re­cently told Amer­i­can break­fast show Good Day DC.

Hav­ing been crowned Miss DC at 21, Darby says that while she’s used to the pub­lic spot­light, be­ing on the show is a nov­elty — and brought the usual House­wives drama.

“When you have six women in one room to­gether — who have huge per­son­al­i­ties, who are very in­de­pen­dent peo­ple — you are bound to have some good stuff hap­pen,” she says.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Andy Co­hen says the se­ries harks back to the early days of the hit fran­chise in New York and Or­ange County.

THE REAL HOUSE­WIVES OF PO­TOMAC, ARENA, MON­DAY, 9.30PM

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