She was once photographed splayed across the shiny top of a grand piano — she was a talented concert pianist — in a flowery ball dress, gazing vampishly up at the camera. When he was offered the Archbishopric of York in 1978, and Lindy didn’t fancy the upheaval of a move north, Robert turned it down. Suddenly, the attacks started becoming personal. But the late Rosalind ‘Lindy’ Runcie and her husband, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, approached their union rather differently. Private Eye put her on the cover with the title, ‘Gorgeous panting Lindy Runcie’.
The privately-taken photo of Lindy draped over the piano found itself in a magazine, along with a second in a swimsuit.
Dr Runcie (pictured right)'s marriage to Lady Rosalind Runcie (left) was riddled with rumours about infidelity ‘I thought “what a gorgeous man,”’ she once said. It was the 91-year old Reverend de Waal who outed their relationship this week in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.
Most marriages are awash with ups, downs, twists, turns, love and misunderstandings — all glued together with lashings of patience, compromise and forgiveness.
Her husband’s approach was different. ‘I knew they were only there for one thing,’ she said.
'This is my son, Beau, who a lot of you helped elect to the Senate': Joe makes his worst gaffe yet by introducing his granddaughter Natalie (who is actually called Finnegan) as his dead son - and he could be President in HOURS... 'Losing is never easy. I thought: “What a waste of a lovely man”.’. So he left his job as Dean of Canterbury, uprooting his forgiving wife, Esther, to move to a remote convent in Gwent. She was in love, at the very centre of Robert’s world (alongside God).
Salt On Your Tongue is her first book. The Runcies are long gone.
Charlotte Runcie is the Daily Telegraph’s radio columnist and arts writer.
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Published: 18:09 EST, 13 July 2020 | Updated: 20:20 EST, 13 July 2020. And not the following year, when Lindy herself launched the legal action against the Daily Star.
Never did the mood sour more markedly than after the Falklands conflict in 1982, when Runcie preached penitence and reconciliation at the service of thanksgiving, instead of the triumphalism the politicians, press and populace wanted. She became increasingly eccentric, often embarrassing her children, if not her husband, and could be extremely rude. She organised restoration work at Lambeth Palace, and transformed the gardens. He was ten years older and already on the ecclesiastical fast track. And, as it now turns out, with very good reason.
567 Followers, 319 Following, 69 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Charlotte Runcie (@charlotteruncie) He adored his wife’s fire, her feminisim, her immaculate piano-playing and relentless independence. For some time, her father refused even to look at her, and Lindy did briefly consider calling it off, but decided she loved Robert too much. His acceptance of the top job, in 1979, was apparently delayed because Lindy wasn’t keen on relocating to Lambeth Palace. But she and Victor are now separated. Was someone else involved?
I may not know Runcie, not live on a coast, have nothing fishy in my background, but hearing her story of pain and broken waters made me feel true affinity.
She has a secret past as a poet, having been a Foyle Young Poet of the Year with a pamphlet published by tall-lighthouse.
But as he became more successful — rocketing up the ranks, first as Bishop of St Albans and later Archbishop of Canterbury — Lindy felt sidelined. It’s a nonfiction story about women, art and the sea, and the epic nature of childbirth, told through the myths and legends of salt water. It was as visceral and as heroic as any Homeric epic. She, meanwhile, was larky, jolly and vibrant, ‘like a naughty girl in the sixth form’ is how their son James, author of the Grant- chester mysteries, once put it.
About; Salt on Your Tongue; Contact; I’m an author and journalist. They first met when she was a schoolgirl and her sister brought Runcie home. So, after spotting their flimsy footwear, she led them out into the garden with its ankle-deep mud.
As Rev de Waal put it this week: ‘Someone had talked about it and it looked as if it might cause, you know, some upset so it seemed sensible to go quietly really at that point.’. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group.
She was the fourth child of six in a family of Cambridge atheist academics. When they became engaged, her parents were horrified.
But for all that, in the early years of Robert’s tenure at the top, Lindy was very popular. Good heavens! ’. When speculation was at its height, Lindy held a press conference to publicise her appeal for funds in the garden and more than 50 journalists turned up.
To cap it all, it has now emerged that, in 1986, she enjoyed an ‘inappropriate liaison’ with the former Dean of Canterbury, Victor de Waal (a married father-of-four), which was conveniently hushed up by her husband, and, rather more alarmingly, the Church of England. Rosalind ‘Lindy’ Runcie, who was married to Robert, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, striking a vampish tone with her pose, For starters, despite her husband holding the most senior job in the Church of England, Lindy was startlingly open about being ‘not terribly religious’, declared that sermons ‘switched her off’, loathed the sound of church bells and once remarked that ‘too much religion makes me go pop!’. Dr Runcie (right) watches his wife Lady Rosalind (left)working out as part of a Sport Aid event in 1986. Not for me': Trump says election winner SHOULD be known tonight but admits his team IS preparing for legal challenges that could drag out results, Trump cuts guest list at his planned party inside White House from 400 to 250 saying he'll 'maybe' address the nation - as Biden prepares podium in Wilmington, Solar system puts on a show: All seven planets will be visible in the night sky this week - and you'll be able to see five of them with the naked eye, Troops roll into the battlegrounds: National Guard arrive in Philadelphia and Chicago as Illinois Gov.
My first book, Salt on Your Tongue, is published by Canongate. It was all every amicable,’ said de Waal. Famously loathing the pomposity and pretence of the church, she avoided formal dinners and adored filthy jokes and roller skating — what better place, she joked, than the corridors of Lambeth Palace? .
She also wielded considerable marital clout. .
On another occasion, she posed in a swimsuit. ‘I thought “what a gorgeous man,”’ she once said. The upshot was a fantastically awkward wedding at Great St Mary’s in Cambridge in 1957, where the believers sat on one side, the atheists on the other. He remained friends with his Archbishop and said nothing. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. And the cat was very firmly out of the bag.
‘I’d never heard the word, so I looked it up in the dictionary and I was rather depressed. Rosalind and Robert were always an unlikely couple.
Robert Runcie (pictured right) with the former Dean of Canterbury Victor de Waal (left) in 1980, who is believed to have had a relationship with Runcie's wife. For clerical wives (and husbands), achieving marital harmony sounds even more challenging — what with God being here, there and everywhere, all those pesky parishioners to look after, cakes to bake and endless clerical dinners at which to behave dutifully and demurely.
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