The Telegraph Media Group is being sued for libel by a former wifelet of Alexander Thynn the eccentric and unconventional 7th Marquess of Bath.
The Marquess applies the term wifelet to his collection of mistresses, rumoured to number around 75 in total. Trudie Juggernauth-Sharma, apparently once Thynn’s favourite has been estranged from him ever since an extraordinary catfight erupted at a Sunday lunch involving the Marquess and several wifelts.
Stories related to the incident that subsequently appeared in the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph between June and September 2011 are alleged to be libellous by Ms Juggernauth-Sharma.
Now former model Trudie, whose father is a Brahmin priest from Mauritius, has brought an action in the Royal Courts of Justice in London against Telegraph Media group.
Police were apparently called after the altercation as Ms Juggernauth-Sharma pointed the finger at pretty Amanda Doyle, reputedly the so-called “Loins of Longleat’s” then latest wifelet. Trudie has not spoken to the Marquess since.
Confirming the split, an emotional Trudie said: “I am hurt that Alexander never came forward to tell the truth. So we have not spoken and I have not visited hm. We are apart. My trust is broken.”
Barristers are bracing themselves for a barrage of intimate and salacious details when the eccentric lifestyle and living arrangements of the Marquess and his mistresses on the 10,000 acre Longleat Estate are revealed in open court.
Currently living in a somewhat less grand style in a flat in Fulham, at least Ms Juggernauth-Sharma will find commuting to the hearing much more convenient than having to travel from her former abode in the lush Somerset countryside.
Thynn and Trudie became a couple in 1998 (meeting at a dinner party during which the Marquess entertained guests by swallowing a mackerel whole) and enjoyed 13 happy years together before the split last year.
Unusually, Ms Juggernauth-Sharma will be representing herself at the libel trial but might still consider direct access advice form a barrister should she feel out of her depth.
In fact it is straightforward to get advice from a barrister direct – and it is frequently better value and quicker than going through traditional channels which involve a bill from solicitors as well as a barrister. More information is available here about direct access to barristers if you need it.
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