If she envisioned the errant Diane reclining in palatial splendour, she got a rude awakening, for further internet searches exposed the upper-crust Englishmans decidedly lowbrow past
However, it was during one of her exhaustive online searches that Mrs Dichard discovered Peter’s true identity, and the full story began to fall into place.
He was, in fact, the Rt Hon Peter Ghislain Nathaniel Curzon, 4th Viscount Scarsdale, scion of one of England’s oldest families, with a Viceroy of India among his forebears and a bloodline dating back to a French nobleman who landed with William the Conqueror.
This Gallic invader had been rewarded for his valour with a vast estate in Derbyshire, where, during the mid-18th century, another illustrious ancestor had built one of the nation’s grandest country houses, a magisterial Palladian extravagance called Kedleston Hall.
Reading all this in astonishment, it briefly crossed Mrs Dichard’s mind that her daughter might have secretly married the viscount.
But if she envisioned the errant Diane reclining in palatial splendour, she got a rude awakening, for further internet searches exposed the upper-crust Englishman’s decidedly lowbrow past.
Estranged from his late father after a series of ugly quarrels, he had lived more like Arthur Daley than a titled lord, buying and selling used cars, marrying a miner’s daughter he’d met at a motor auction, and running off to Florida to wed one of the many prostitutes he’d hired from an Eastbourne agency called Dream Girls.
Newspaper stories dating back to 1997 also revealed how he had been jailed for failing to pay £575,000 in maintenance to his first wife and their daughter, the Honourable Danielle Curzon (now 33, and working as a female bodyguard and cage-fighting referee), and how he was abruptly ditched by his prostitute bride.