Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lady Alice: Our 'Pitbull' Nanny Stole My Husband; MARQUESS' DAUGHTER TELLS OF A SCHEMING EMPLOYEE WHO RUINED HER MARRIAGE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lady Alice: Our 'Pitbull' Nanny Stole My Husband; MARQUESS' DAUGHTER TELLS OF A SCHEMING EMPLOYEE WHO RUINED HER MARRIAGE

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Byline: TARIQ TAHIR

AN ARISTOCRAT has revealed how her children's nanny stole her husband, leaving their marriage in tatters.

Lady Alice Douglas tells how she employed the au pair to look after her two sons in the home she shared with her husband Simon in Snowdonia, Wales.

But despite "bearing a striking resemblance to a pitbull" and being "exceptionally dull", according to Lady Alice, Magda soon became closer to Simon after she became a part their lives.

Telling her story in tomorrow's ES Magazine, Lady Alice, the daughter of the Marquess of Queensberry, says: "Simon had chatted to Magda during a twohour journey from Liverpool...

but I sensed from that first evening that she disliked me.

"When I tried to make her feel at home by asking about her family in Poland, she looked blank.

Never mind - she was already making an effort to laugh at Simon's jokes, though clearly she couldn't understand them."

Lady Alice recalls her husband whispering across the pillow that employing Magda would work out well.

"For them maybe, but not for me," she reflects ruefully.

The job interview consisted of a mobile phone conversation with the then prospective nanny in Poland, followed by a series of email exchanges.

With references that spoke of her "wonderful and inventive" way with children, Lady Alice gambled and brought Magda to Britain. But soon after she started working for the couple, money started to go missing.

"I had brought home [pounds sterling]100 to pay a carpenter and left it on the dresser. When he arrived half an hour later, [pounds sterling]40 was missing.

"Magda was the only possible culprit but I spoke to Simon before confronting her. He said I couldn't be sure."

The agency told her this was not unusual and advised Lady Alice to set a trap, but she was reluctant to rifle through Magda's belongings and chose to keep a watch on her nanny instead.

This incident happened before a family holiday in St Tropez in June but it was after they came back that Simon and Magda began their affair. …

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