Wifelets at war: Wall-to-wall bitchiness and a drunken catfight over chicken casserole between three of the Marquess of Bath's 74 girlfriends
This is a story of sex, love, violence, bitter rivalry, beautiful (and some rather less beautiful) women, stupefying riches and an ageing aristocrat who hobbles about on crutches, has 74 ‘wifelets’, a penchant for group sex and a rather distinctive aroma.
Oh yes, and he can swallow a mackerel whole as a party trick.
The aristocrat is, of course, the famously polygamous and very beardy Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, aka the ‘Loins’ of Longleat.
He is 79, married with two grown-up children and has a personal fortune estimated at £160 million in the Sunday Times Rich List.
And, last month, he found himself in the headlines when what started as a civilised Sunday luncheon of chicken casserole, pomegranate couscous, mixed salad leaves and home-made chocolate tart at his 10,000-acre, 16th-century estate degenerated into an orgy of drunkenness, violence and lewd suggestions involving bizarre prosthetic sex aides, followed by an emergency midnight ambulance dash to Royal United Hospital,
The incident involved three women — two of them long-term consorts.