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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: The Duke of Rutland goes shopping with his Brazilian-born ‘ex’ as he finalizes his divorce – four years after she was told to leave his castle


Those who live orthodox lives – and stick to conventional marriages – may be confused by the leisure arrangements at Belvoir, the Duke of Rutland’s ancestral home, where since their split in 2012 he and the Duchess have occupied different wings of the castle, with their lovers joining them as the mood and moment.

Now, I can reveal, the 11th Duke, David Manners, 65, is set to shock observers once again by making a public appearance in London with the lushly named, Brazilian-born Andrea Burle Schmidt Dubeux Webb.

The timing is all the more poignant as her divorce from husband Bernard Webb was being finalized this week in the family division of the High Court in London.

The prospect of public appearances would once have seemed a perfectly natural progression in the couple’s relationship, which began after Andrea, now 61, moved to the 15,000-acre Belvoir estate in Leicestershire – and soon took the Duke by storm.

The 11th Duke, David Manners, 65, is set to scare onlookers once more by going public with the lushly named, Brazilian-born Andrea Burle Schmidt Dubeux Webb in London. Pictured together at The Royal Caledonian Ball in 2017

The Duke and Duchess of Rutland (pictured together in 2007) have occupied different wings of the castle since separating in 2012, with their respective lovers joining them according to mood and moment.

The Duke and Duchess of Rutland (pictured together in 2007) have occupied different wings of the castle since separating in 2012, with their respective lovers joining them according to mood and moment.

Belvoir Castle (pictured) is the ancestral seat of the Duke of Rutland

Belvoir Castle (pictured) is the ancestral seat of the Duke of Rutland

They then settled together in the duke’s half of the castle, while Duchess Emma quickly consoled herself by embarking on her own romance with the manor Phil Burtt at her end of Belvoir.

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But in 2018, Andrea’s time at the castle was suddenly cut short. Expecting to host a filming weekend with the Duke, she was getting ready to dress for dinner on Friday night – in the Duke’s bedroom – when staff told her she should leave.

A standoff ensued with the staff barred from the bedroom while Andrea insisted she would only leave if told to by the Duke himself.

Three years later, however, the Duke started a new company with an old friend — none other than Andrea. It assures me that it is ready to run. «It’s June 6 at the Brazilian ambassador’s residence in London,» he says.

The business is what could be called completely Brazilian.

«It promotes the work of (Brazilian artist) Robert Burle Marx around the world,» says the duke, describing it as «mainly educational», although it also aims to raise money to protect the rainforest.

When asked if he and Andrea are a couple again, the Duke teasingly replies, «The answer to your question is yes and no.»



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