Catherine Fitzgerald will not “do nonsense” over the photos of her husband Dominic West in Rome with Lily James, friends told MailOnline.
The mothers of four gave a public show of unity with actor Wire to the media today as they stood in front of their home in the Cotswolds.
The 49-year-old Anglo-Irish aristocrat looked a little awkward as she clutched a napkin and a piece of paper boasting: “Our marriage is strong and we are still together. Thank you.’
But a friend who saw the photos told Catherine MailOnline that she was “ruined” behind the brave face after seeing the photos.
Dominic West and Katherine Fitzgerald met during their days at Trinity College Dublin, where they briefly went out as students
The couple organized a public show of unity today in front of their home in the Cotswolds today, after 50-year-old West was filmed approaching 31-year-old colleague Lily James on the run in Rome.
Catherine was said to have been “devastated” when she saw photos of West, her ten-year-old husband and the father of her four young children, with actress James over the weekend.
“It ignites in private,” they said. “There are some difficult talks ahead, but they will be held behind closed doors.
“So far, she has been happy to show unity and will always put her family first.”
Another old acquaintance said: “I saw these photos today. I do not know what’s going on. Catherine is very direct. There is no nonsense with it.
“She has always been kind and sweet, but she doesn’t accept nonsense. I think anyone who knows her would say that. She is a very cool person. I just hope it’s okay.
Descendant of a down-to-earth Ango-Irish family dating back 800 years, Catherine comes from a tradition in which scandals resolve quickly and life goes on.
Her first marriage was to Ned Lambton, Earl of Durham, whose father, Lord Lambton, was forced to resign as junior Secretary of Defense in the 1970s after being caught smoking cannabis in bed with two prostitutes.
And the lineage of Catherine, the so-called. Glynn’s Black Knights, Co. Limerick, on the west coast of Ireland, also included some disrespectful characters – one even installing his lovers in lodges around the mansion.
Catherine’s wedding to the West took place at her ancestral home, Glin Castle, Co. Limerick, on the west coast of Ireland with a breathtaking 400-acre mansion on the banks of the River Shannon
Body language experts said Katherine today denied the pose and embarked on a “fictional” kiss echoing “unfaithful politicians trying to save their careers.”
Today she lingered in the doorway for a moment, biting her lip, and staring anxiously at the ground as he looked back and appeared to say something.
She walked through the small front garden without looking directly at the media gathered in front of her, clutching a napkin and a piece of paper that had been signed by both of them and boasted, “Our marriage is strong and we are still together. Thank you.’
Catherine is the eldest daughter of Desmond Fitzgerald, Glynn’s 29th knight, and his wife with his wife, Olda Fitzgerald (pictured).
After announcing that their marriage was “strong,” West approached his wife and gave her a long, somewhat awkward kiss.
The actor has emerged as the dominant partner in the exchange, but friends insist it is not. “Katherine will make her feelings about the episode completely clear in private,” the friend added.
He first met and fell in love with West at Trinity College, Dublin, where they were both students in the 1980s.
The thin, stunning blonde, who lived in the ancestral castle of Limerick, was quite a catch, even for the Old Ethan West, born in Sheffield to Irish parents.
He described her as “beautiful, intelligent and spectacularly contemptuous.”
Because she won a coveted scholarship, she was given the right to a room in Rubrics, the oldest and largest building on the university, “which, of course, made it even more attractive,” he told the Irish Independent in 2016.
But Catherine, 49, and West, 50, moved away after university, and she married Lambton, 7th Earl of Durham.
After her divorce in 2002, Catherine and West renewed their earlier romance and had three children before marrying in 2010.
The eldest of Desmond Fitzgerald’s three daughters, the 29th and last, the so-called Black Knight of Glynn, Catherine was raised in the magnificent Glynn Castle, Co. Limerick.
After Catherine’s father died in 2011, leaving the mansion to her and her sisters and mother, they initially decided to put it up for auction before turning it into an 18-room event venue.
Her father, whose title dates back to feudal times, is not officially addressed as “sir.” Instead, he insisted on being referred to as a “Knight,” although several trusted friends allowed him to be nicknamed a “Knight.”
Catherine’s wedding to West took place in Glynn, which has a breathtaking 400-acre mansion on the banks of the Shannon River.
On June 26 this year, Glynn Castle’s Instagram post posted a special message for its owners, reading: “Happy wedding anniversary to Dominic and Catherine, who celebrated their marriage at Glynn Castle 10 years ago today!”
After Catherine’s father died in 2011, leaving the house and land to her and her sisters Nesta and Honor and their mother Olda, they initially decided to put it up for auction. But most recently, Dominic and Catherine decided to take on the daunting task of renovating and opening the castle with its 18 lavish bedrooms as accommodation to try to cover £ 150,000 in annual running costs.
Catherine has already had a successful career as a prominent landscape gardener and has worked on the historic Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland, as well as on several projects in some of London’s private squares.
Catherine and West spend the holidays at Glynn Castle (pictured), where the Terry run the historic castle that was in her family as a venue to cover £ 150,000 a year in running costs.
Catherine is a landscape gardener and spends years looking at the gardens at Glyn Castle.
Glynn himself has a colorful history. One of Catherine’s ancestors, nicknamed the “Knight of Women”, installed her lovers in each of the Gothic lodges in the Castle, and another, known as “Cracked Jack”, would even ride his horse up the sweeping staircase to the bed.
West does not hide the challenge that the management of the castle was a family hotel for him and his wife.
In a recent interview, he joked: “We are constantly in tears from ‘uuurgh, how can we do this! “…. My wife had three accidents, I had two.
At Christmas 2018, pop star Taylor Swift rented the castle for £ 50,000 to spend a secret break with her boyfriend from British actor Joe Alvin – even to get out for Guinness at a local pub.
Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were famous at a wild party there in the sixties – with Marian reportedly going with a friend of Catherine’s father, Lord Rathmore.
Nowadays, the West spend school holidays there, and the rest of the time they live in their family home in Wiltshire.