Caroline Fleming, the Baroness on Ladies of London, is not one to let things go, despite her arguments to the contrary. If you offend her, as Marissa Hermer did with outrageous cougar comments, you will find yourself having to apologize. Many, many times.
Last week at the shooting party dinner, Marissa trailed Fleming to the ladies’ and asked to speak to her privately. Since Fleming had been talking smack behind Marissa’s back, she wanted to clear the air. It seems Fleming did not appreciate the ambush.
“I found my sit down with Marissa, sadly, to be very superficial and not very kind. The first time she tried to talk to me was extremely uncomfortable and inappropriate for me as I had gone to the bathroom discreetly.”
Doesn’t everyone go to the bathroom discreetly? Am I missing something here? Anyway, that talk did not cut any ice with Baroness Fleming. She wasn’t prepared. Perhaps she’d left her Jill Zarin-like list of grievances at home. Don’t you hate it when that happens?
“I felt dragged into a conversation that I was not ready to have with Marissa, especially because we were not really friends at this point… I was literally taken on the loo seat, I didn’t have time to really think about what I wanted to say – hence the coffee meeting a few days later, as I felt I had a lot I needed to say to her.”
I have to question this, because according to Marissa’s blog last week, she called the Fleming to apologize, then she showed up at Fleming’s house before the shooting party and apologized in person. They left on a good note. Or so Marissa thought. But Fleming tells a different story:
“…I felt it important to clear the air with Marissa and very sadly, Marissa’s style is to roll her eyes and bang her head against a wall and say we have had a conversation a hundred times even though the truth is we have had it twice, once being dragged from the bathroom and second time over coffee. I don’t find her coming from a place of kindness or humility or compassion, for that matter…”
Someone is lying. And the way Fleming is carrying on, demanding apology after apology, talking about how honest she is, I’m guessing it’s her.
“…who I am is honest and transparent… I think it’s so important in life to be completely honest and always get out what’s bothering you instead of letting it grow inside you where it will only cause more damage.”
And what about all the drama their first night in Denmark, where Annabelle looks each one of them in the eye and tells them what she really thinks?
“So far the trip has had a little more tension than I had hoped… I think Annabelle is saying the things that have probably bothered her for a while.”
On the burdens of being royal:
“Growing up in an old aristocratic family means there is always a level of media interest and eyes on you…which can be difficult if everyone is judging you all the time and you are still young and vulnerable and sensitive. I decided to move to England because it was easier for me to exist amongst many more people…”
So whose side are you on in the battle of a million apologies—Marissa or Fleming? And did you see the previews for next week, when the two Carolines hiss at each other like cats? Who will win the battle for world dominance? Stanbury or Fleming?