27 October 2019 00:41
Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth and his wife Emma Weymouth (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Charles Finch) Strictly Come Dancing's Emma Thynn, Viscountess Weymouth has found herself the subject of a voting scandal. A Facebook post by Darren Beasley, head of animal operations at Longleat – the estate which her husband is set to inherit – emerged which told staff their phone calls would be reimbursed if they voted for her. The post was sent to 109 people, and it read: 'So news just in… If anyone wants to help keep Lady Emma in Strictly then I'm authorised to get [marketing director] James Bailey to pay for your call. 'So keep your phone bills as proof, tell your partners, mums, dads, cousins, granny and the dog if he can dial that number for Lady Emma & Aliaz, phoning this week will be free because Longleat will pay (sic).' However, a Longleat spokesperson told The Sun that no one 'acted on the message' and it had 'no effect' on the votes.
Advertisement Meanwhile, a Strictly spokesman added to the publication: 'The BBC takes fairness in Strictly Come Dancing extremely seriously. In the wake of all this drama, and ahead of her performance tonight, we've taken a quick look at the Viscountess' personal life outside of Strictly… Does Emma Weymouth have children? Emma, 33, married Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth – heir to the Longleat estate – in 2013. They have two children together: The Honourable John Alexander Ladi Thynn, born on 26 October 2014, and The Honourable Henry Richard Isaac Thynn, who was born via a surrogate on 30 December 2016. Emma's marriage to Ceawlin made her the chatelaine of the Longleat Estate, which in turn made history as she became the first black marchioness in British history. Outside of her history-making marriage, London-born Emma is a chef, model and philanthropist. She also hosts an online cooking show online called Emma's Kitchen, which she presents from her kitchen at the Longleat estate. On the subject of joining the Strictly Come Dancing lineup for 2019, she said: 'I absolutely love watching Strictly every weekend and I can't believe that I'm getting the chance to be on this series. 'I know it will be such an amazing experience from start to finish. I can't wait for the dancing and the fabulous outfits!' Strictly Come Dancing airs tonight at 6.35pm, on BBC One. MORE: Strictly star Emma Weymouth's husband left 'hopping mad' backstage after she landed in bottom two MORE: Who is contestant Emma Thynn, Viscountess Weymouth?