Scandalous past of the sumptuous villa that hosted the Tuscan wedding of Succession

How very appropriate. The producers of the hit TV series Succession, about a mega-rich and conflicted media family, have chosen to shoot in a lavish Italian villa with a scandalous history.

Not only is it in the land of the Borgias – a family synonymous with sin and immorality – but the property itself housed a Tory politician whose shocking affair with a vice-daughter nearly brought down the government of Edward Heath.

Additionally, her death sparked a fratricidal family feud as rancorous as anything seen in Succession, involving three bitter sisters in court over an inheritance battle with their brother, whose third wife’s sister is. a close friend of the Duchess of Cambridge.

Villa Cetinale, which can be rented for around £ 50,000 per week, is described in Conde Nast Traveler as the ‘ultimate party spot’ in Tuscany.

How very appropriate. The producers of the hit TV series Succession, about a mega-rich and conflicted media family, chose to shoot in a lavish Italian villa with a scandalous history – Villa Cetinale

It has been used in the final episodes of the current Succession series, which ends tomorrow on Sky Atlantic.

Members of the very wealthy Roy family fly away from America, where their media empire is based, for the marriage of the former wife of aging but ruthless boss Lady Caroline to a shady Englishman.

Sadly, there is no mention, amid all the sniping and intrigue, that Villa Cetinale was once the home of Antony Lambton who resigned from the Conservative government in 1973 as RAF Minister after being photographed naked in bed with two women and smoking cannabis. .

It was exposed when the husband of one of the women, a call girl called Norma Levy, attempted to sell the footage to the News of the World. While fellow ministers feared another Profumo scandal, Lord Lambton resigned and later told TV interviewer Robin Day that he used “bitches for sex” because “people like variety sometimes” . It’s that simple’.

Pictured: Estate stars Kieran Culkin and Sarah Snook

Pictured: Estate stars Kieran Culkin and Sarah Snook

He also admitted that the pressure of work had made him look for prostitutes and suggested that the “futility” of his job as a minister was one of the reasons he got into doing stupid things. (“Inactive hands”).

Villa Cetinale, near Siena, is loved by British royalty, aristocracy, models, rock stars and the kind of politicians who like to hang out with them. The guestbook includes Prince Charles and Mick Jagger.

For the hire of £ 50,000 – with a dedicated team of chefs, cleaners and waiters to meet your every need except food and drinks which are extra – you have access to 13 rooms, swimming pools , gardens, secret caves, chapels and vast woods.

The villa was built in 1680 for Pope Alexander VII. According to the property’s website, there is a dark side to its history. The English traveler Joseph Forsyth wrote in 1800: “Cetinale owes its rise and its fame to the remorse of a cardinal in love who, to appease the ghost of a murdered rival, transformed a dark plantation of oaks into a penitential retreat, and acts there , all the austerities of an Egyptian hermit.

CALL-GIRL: Norma Levy, who was pictured in bed with Lord Lambton

CALL-GIRL: Norma Levy, who was pictured in bed with Lord Lambton

Reaching the retreat requires climbing 200 steps – the Santa Scala (Holy Stairs). Legend has it that Pope Alexander VII ordered the cardinal to climb them on all fours.

Today it is owned by Lord Lambton’s 60-year-old son Edward (Ned) Lambton, the 7th Earl of Durham. The Old Etonian was the lead singer of a short lived pop group called Frozen Turkeys.

His first wife, Christabel, married musician and TV presenter Jools Holland and his second wife Catherine Fitzgerald is now with actor Dominic West.

Lord Lambton initially approached his third wife, Marina, a model 22 years his junior, by sending her a Facebook message stating, “I know I’m way too old for you but I love you.” They married a little over a year later.

Marina is the sister of Rose, the friend of the Duchess of Cambridge, married to David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley.

NOTORIOUS: The former Lord Lambton outside the luxurious villa

NOTORIOUS: The former Lord Lambton outside the luxurious villa

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