EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Ralph Fiennes’ mystery blonde friend is newly single society figure Amelia Richards… the former partner of Queen Camilla’s best friend’s son
Since I published a photograph of Ralph Fiennes arm-in-arm with a mystery woman in Rome on Saturday, his fans have been all aflutter.
I can reveal that the 60-year-old Harry Potter star’s new close companion is Amelia Richards, a society figure who’s been in a relationship for more than a decade with James Lindsay, 61, the son of one of Queen Camilla’s best pals.
‘James and Amelia have only just split up,’ one of his friends tells me. ‘He packed up her things at their Oxfordshire home last week.
‘She started spending more time abroad. James is said to be devastated by the break-up.’
The couple, who were a fixture on the London social scene, lived mainly at James’s £5 million country home in the Cotswolds. He’s a travel photographer who’s the son of Lady Amabel Lindsay, daughter of the 9th Earl of Hardwicke.
Mystery: Since I published a photograph of Ralph Fiennes arm-in-arm with a mystery woman in Rome on Saturday, his fans have been all aflutter
Lady Amabel has been a friend of Camilla’s for decades. James’s royal connections include being a trustee for 18 years of the Tusk Trust, of which Prince William is patron.
Amelia is managing director of Letters Live, which organises events where historical letters are read by famous personalities.
Intriguingly, Amelia was wearing an engagement ring while seen in Rome with Fiennes, who’s been in the Italian capital filming Conclave, an adaptation of Robert Harris’s best-selling novel.
Revealed: I can reveal that the 60-year-old Harry Potter star’s new close companion is Amelia Richards, a newly single society figure
Previously: Amelia was in a relationship for more than a decade with James Lindsay, the son of one of Queen Camilla’s best pals (pictured together in December 2015)
A spokesman for Fiennes declines to comment on his friendship with Amelia, but the star of films including The English Patient and Schindler’s List has enjoyed a colourful love life.
He was married to actress Alex Kingston, 59, but left her in 1997 for another screen star, Francesca Annis, who is 17 years his senior.
After more than ten years together, they split up due to his alleged affair with Romanian singer Cornelia Crisan, 42.
He then faced further scrutiny in the late 2000s when an air stewardess who seduced him aboard a Qantas jet admitted previously working as a prostitute.