Rupert Murdoch, 84, is going to make an honest woman out of Jerry Hall, 59, – this Saturday.
They’ve been engaged since January, when Murdoch proposed with a ridonk 20-carat Marquise diamond ring worth $2.4 million following a four-month courtship.
Some could call this a whirlwind romance, but I suppose when you’re only just on the right side of 100, there’s no time to lose.
The couple are marrying at St Bride’s Church in London’s Fleet Street (spiritual homeland of journalists, if no longer actual – cheers for the Rupes) where a plaque honouring his father Sir Keith Murdoch stands.
But Rupert’s relationship with the church has been a little rocky.
When did Jerry Hall know Rupert Murdoch was “the one”? Well, probably none of these way… Post continues after video.
The church’s history book says 6,000 newspaper workers went on strike in 1986 after “the breakdown of negotiations with Rupert Murdoch’s News International, parent of Times Newspapers and News Group Newspapers”.
“They were unaware that Murdoch had built and clandestinely equipped a new-technology printing plant in Wapping. When they struck, he moved his operation overnight. Within months the printing dinosaur that was Fleet Street was dead.”
The church feared the move would result in St Bride’s losing its parishioners, mostly journalists and other media types, and that Murdoch’s “vision” could “bring about what pestilence, fire and the Luftwaffe had failed to achieve”.
That’s some heavy stuff!
But despite this Murdoch will be welcomed into St Brides with Hall and all of their many children present.
For Hall it’s her four kids with Mick Jagger: models Elizabeth, 32, and Georgia May, 24, James, 30, and Gabriel, 18.
Murdoch’s brood includes Prudence, 58, from his first marriage to Patricia Booker, Elisabeth, 47, Lachlan, 44, and James, 43, from his second marriage to Anna Murdoch Mann, plus Grace, 14, and Chloe, 12, from the ill-fated union with Wendi Deng.