Above: Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and her husband, Count
Alexandre de Lesseps, have separated.
By Tadias Staff
Updated, April 4, 2009
New York (Tadias) – The internet is abuzz with the news that an Ethiopian beauty has wrecked a royal marriage in Europe.
Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and her husband, Count Alexandre de Lesseps, have separated after the Royal sent an email informing his wife of 16 years that he is intimately involved with an Ethiopian woman in Geneva.
According to Monday’s New York Social Diary: “Alex, the Count de Lesseps has, it is said on the streets of Geneva, taken up with a beautiful Ethiopian beauty who is not only quite a bit younger than he but also quite a bit younger than his wife.”
The Count – whose great-great-great grandfather, Ferdinand de Lesseps, built the Suez Canal and started the Panama Canal, later presenting, for France, the Statue of Liberty to America – sent an email to a friend of Luann’s “saying he was with an Ethiopian woman in Geneva and he was serious with her”, NY Post reports.
And New York Magazine says: “Count Alexandre de Lesseps was clearly always lucky to be married to his Real Housewife of New York City, LuAnn…. But, alas, the world is not fair, and according to ‘Page Six’ the aging lothario found some Ethiopian chippy in Geneva to shack up with, like they always do. He let LuAnn know he was leaving her just one month before her book, Class With the Countess: How to Live With Elegance and Flair hit stands.”