Du Maurier grandson marries lingerie boss
HIS grandmother conjured up perhaps the most terrifying second marriage in literary history.
But, happily, Paul de Zulueta — grandson of Rebecca author Daphne du Maurier — found this did not put him off as he wooed Georgina Willis after a chance meeting in Notting Hill, West London.
Indeed, my picture shows de Zulueta — ghost writer of Field Marshal Lord Guthrie’s memoirs — carrying Georgina across the threshold of the house they now share in Petworth, West Sussex.
Of their first encounter, de Zulueta recalls: ‘ Our eyes met across the bar at the Ladbroke Arms.’
Far from reprising the brutal proposal favoured by Max de Winter (‘I’m asking you to marry me, you little fool’), he eased Georgina towards matrimony by taking her on honeymoon before their wedding. ‘A “pre-moon” in Sri Lanka,’ he tells me.
Married at Chelsea Old Town Hall, the couple joined family and friends for a dinner given by his mother, Tessa, Viscountess Montgomery at the Cavalry & Guards Club.
Then it was down to Petworth — and Guilt. No, not a du Maurier novel but Georgina’s acclaimed lingerie emporium.