In her first in­ter­view, Dan­ish heiress says she’s de­ter­mined to lay ghosts of fam­ily’s ‘dark days’ to rest

The Mail on Sunday - - News - By Nick Craven


IT IS a name tainted by mur­der and scan­dal. But as­ton­ish­ingly, the new Lady Lu­can says the ev­i­dence that her late fa­ther-in-law, Lord Lu­can, killed the fam­ily nanny is ‘weak’ and that she ‘doesn’t care’. In her first ever in­ter­view, out­spo­ken Dan­ish heiress An­neSofie Foghs­gaard – the 8th Count­ess of Lu­can – tells The Mail on Sun­day’s You mag­a­zine to­day: ‘ It’s time for ev­ery­one to move on. It’s a new era.’

The woman who mar­ried Ge­orge Bing­ham, only son of ‘Lucky’ Lu­can – the 7th Earl who was ac­cused of the bru­tal mur­der of nanny San­dra Rivett in 1974 – wants to ‘re­brand’ the fam­ily name. The news fol­lows the death a fort­night ago of the mother-in-law she never met, the troubled and tragic Veron­ica, the Dowa­ger Count­ess of Lu­can.

Anne-Sofie, 39, speaks of the bit­ter legacy that tore her hus­band’s fam­ily apart and re­veals:

The dev­as­tat­ing feud be­tween Veron­ica and her chil­dren that en­dured un­til her death;

The 7th Earl’s chil­dren ‘adored him’ and never ac­cepted his guilt;.

Ge­orge Bing­ham, 50, now the holder of the ti­tle, is ‘the love of my life’ and their re­la­tion­ship sur­vived an ear­lier break-up.

Richard John Bing­ham was a dash­ing gam­bler in the mid­dle of a di­vorce and toxic cus­tody bat­tle with his wife when he be­came the tar­get of Scotland Yard’s most in­fa­mous man­hunt in Novem­ber 1974.

Miss Rivett was found blud­geoned to death in the Lu­cans’ Bel­gravia home. Veron­ica – be­lieved to be the main tar­get – was also in­jured. She named her hus­band as the as­sailant.

The next day, Lu­can’s blood-stained car was found aban­doned at Ne­whaven, Sus­sex. The fol­low­ing year, an in­quest jury named Lu­can as the prime sus­pect in Miss Rivett’s mur­der. Since then there has never been a con­firmed sight­ing of him and in 1999 he was of­fi­cially de­clared dead.

Ge­orge legally be­came the 8th Earl, and the daugh­ter he had ten months ago with Anne-Sofie has the ti­tle Lady Daphne.

Anne-Sofie says she knew noth­ing of the dark past of the Lu­can fam­ily when she met fi­nan­cial con­sul­tant Ge­orge a decade ago at a party. ‘I can’t re­mem­ber the mo­ment when I did come to know. Ge­orge is the love

‘THE LOVE OF MY LIFE’: Anne-Sofie with her hus­band Ge­orge. Right: In her pho­to­shoot for to­day’s You mag­a­zine

DOOMED LOVE: Lord and Lady Lu­can in the 1960s

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