The new Lady Lu­can: I do NOT be­lieve the Earl mur­dered nanny

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of my life – funny, clever, kind, warm. [The mur­der] had noth­ing to do with him – he was a small boy asleep in his bed when it hap­pened.

‘It was a dark time for my hus­band. He lost his fa­ther, mother and nanny. But it’s time for ev­ery­body to move on. It’s a new era. Those were very, very dark times for Ge­orge, and like any of us, he doesn’t like to dwell on dark times.’

The re­la­tion­ship fiz­zled out af­ter a few months. ‘ I was bro­ken- hearted, but I do think if there is magic, it finds it­self again.’

In 2013 they be­gan dat­ing again and mar­ried last year. One im­por­tant per­son who was not there, de­spite be­ing in­vited, was Ge­orge’s mother. She had been es­tranged from her three chil­dren – Ge­orge and his sis­ters Frances and Camilla – for years.

But their at­tempts to heal the rift were in vain, per­haps be­cause they all adored their fa­ther and never be­lieved him guilty. Anne- Sofie says: ‘The chil­dren re­mem­ber their fa­ther as be­ing funny, warm and kind.’ And her own view of the crime? ‘It seems to me the ev­i­dence is weak. I don’t care.’

Now the new chate­laine has sealed the modern Lu­can ‘brand’ by launch­ing a range of out­door cloth­ing for men and women un­der that name.

‘It’s a fresh start for the name,’ she says de­fi­antly.

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