Their marriage lasted over 30 years and seemed destined to go the distance – until Anna began lobbying Rupert to retire. No greater heresy is imaginable in the mind of a man who declared only half-jokingly after being cleared of prostate cancer, “I believe I am immortal”.
as “the kind of looks usually reserved for a James Bond villainess”.
The choice of honeymoon destination came as an early pointer to what kind of marriage this might be. Not only does Rupert have a dim opinion of France – seeing it as a den of socialists and bureaucrats – but he had hoped to spend the time cruising on his 70-metre super-yacht, Vertigo.