James Lindsay left ‘heartbroken’ after photo shows his wife arm in arm with Ralph Fiennes in Rome
‘He is hurt and really shocked’: Son of Queen Consort Camilla’s close friend left ‘heartbroken’ after photo shows his wife arm in arm with Ralph Fiennes in Rome
It was the showbiz picture that excited wild speculation: who was the ‘mystery woman’ strolling arm in arm with Ralph Fiennes through the streets of Rome?
But looking at the photo in his newspaper as he breakfasted in his £5 million Georgian mansion in the Cotswolds, aristocrat James Lindsay knew the answer all too well.
The son of Queen Consort Camilla’s close friend Lady Amabel Lindsay, James immediately recognised his wife, Amelia Richards.
Just a few days before, the blonde, high-flying creative executive had suggested that after nine years together they should have a trial separation, according to James’s friends.
Ralph Fiennes is seen strolling through Rome while linking arms with Amelia Richards
The split came as a blow to photographer James, 61, but at least he was reassured to be told there was ‘absolutely no one else involved’. So he was left reeling with shock seeing the photos of Amelia with screen star Fiennes.
In one picture from Rome, he could spot her wearing the engagement and weddings rings that had long tied them together.
This week he told a friend he felt ‘heartbroken’, ‘stunned’ and ‘betrayed’, adding: ‘I had no idea she was with Ralph Fiennes until I saw the picture.’
Ms Richards, 52, and Mr Fiennes, 60, are believed to have met in New York in December at a dinner.
At the time Mr Fiennes was starring in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway adaptation of David Hare’s Straight Line Crazy.
He left his first wife, Doctor Who actress Alex Kingston, following an affair with actress Francesca Annis, 17 years his senior.
James Lindsay and Amelia Richards. Just a few days before, the blonde, high-flying creative executive had suggested that after nine years together they should have a trial separation, according to James’s friends
The relationship with Annis came to an end when he met singer Cornelia Crisan. The actor has also been linked to aristocrat Lady Amanda Harlech, singer Patti Smith and actress Ellen Barkin.
Friends on both sides of the Atlantic have been left shocked by the unfolding matrimonial drama.
It was a second marriage for both Mr Lindsay, who has a son, Luke, with his first wife, and Ms Richards, who has two sons, Felix and Barney, with her ex-husband.
A source in New York said: ‘James has been a brilliant stepfather to Felix and Barney, and was devoted to Amelia.
‘He loves her. He’s hurt and he’s really shocked. He has been blindsided. This has come as a shock to everyone in their circle of friends. James is a brilliant photographer and a passionate collector of vintage cars.
‘Everyone who knows him loves him. People have been talking about nothing else this week.’
Last night a friend of the couple told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Every marriage has its ups and downs and marriages end. But it’s the way this has unfolded that has upset so many people and left him heartbroken. James had no idea about any of this.
‘He’s absolutely devastated. Like any marriage, theirs had been through rocky patches but when Amelia asked for a separation he says she was insistent there was no one else involved.’
Ms Richards continued using her maiden name after her marriage to Mr Lindsay in 2014.
Last night, Mr Lindsay declined to comment and Ms Richards had not responded to a request for comment.