Catherine and Tilly 

Porchey Carnarvon's Two Duped  Wives


Published by William P Cross

Book Midden Publishing

58, Sutton Road, Newport, Gwent, NP19 7JF, United Kingdom




                 In English,  400 pages, Over 100 photographs, and illustrations, many unique



ISBN-10: 1905914261 ISBN-13: 978-1905914265


New Book

From 18 Novemebr 2013

Porchey Carnarvon,  Highclere Castle’s Sixth Earl of Carnarvon married twice.  First, in 1922, he wooed an American-born beauty named Catherine Wendell and secondly, in 1939, he persuaded the well-known Austrian ballet dancer, turned actress,  Tilly Losch to the altar, well, at least to the Registry Office.   When they married Porchey,  ( who was a life long flirt and sex pest  ) the two women were vulnerable and penniless. Their marital capitulation into the chore of being Porchey’s bed mate was nothing to do with his looks or magnetic sex appeal or of being wonderfully romanced, it was instead all down to acquiring a husband who was better off than they were financially. Socially both women made an impact on many men, they were no angels.  Whilst Porchey made reasonable husband material on grounds of title, money and property neither relationship was a love match and  both women were duped by their family and friends into risking the holy state of matrimony. The marriages proved hell holes for the women.  Porchey was an egotist and regularly unfaithful and cruel. Catherine turned to alcohol and suffered a series of nervous breakdowns. She tried to kill herself.   Tilly  escaped to America after just ten weeks as Highclere’s chatelaine, whilst Porchey lined up his next Countess.   This is the story of how these two women caught in the trap of being Porchey’s wife overcame the abuses, and their own personal tragedies and health scares, to find  inner happiness. Catherine eventually found peace with a man who loved her. Tilly (always the more public and charismatic of Porchey’s wives) became an amateur artist, whilst continuing to ply her trade as one of the iconic symbols of the 20th Century. 

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