Britain’s Most Married Man Welcomes Wife Number Nine

November 25, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

swns_most_married_01Britain’s most married man insists his new fiancee is the last one – even though she will be wife number nine.

Ron Sheppard, 68, locked eyes with Cristel Marquez Lalec, 26, for the first time in 11 months at Heathrow airport as she flew in from the Philippines.

The pensioner says he is “the happiest guy on Earth” and reckons he has finally found the right woman – despite a whopping 42-year age gap.

Retired Pontins Bluecoat Ron greeted the beauty queen at the airport armed with flowers and a box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates on Wednesday.

And the great-grandad says the first thing he will do is give her a tour of Yeovil, Somerset where they will share a modest ground-floor flat.

He said: “Love conquers all, age is just a number.

“People say I must be brave to have taken this on. Marrying a girl over 40 years younger is not brave. Having nine mother-in-laws – that’s bravery.

“Make no mistake about it, Cristel will be my forever wife.

“This one is real love. This is the last one – I promise.”

Ron Sheppard pictured with Cristel Marquez

Ron Sheppard pictured with Cristel Marquez

The airport reunion was the first time they have seen each other since frail Ron struggled down on one knee and popped the question 11 months ago.

He is awaiting a court hearing in the New Year which will confirm his eighth marriage – to nurse Weng Platino, 36 – is over before the couple can tie the knot.

Cristel, who has a seven-year-old son, intends to sample life here until January, then take the 19-hour flight back to the Philippines to take care of her lad.

She will then return for the wedding once Ron’s divorce from Weng is finalised.

He was hauled before Yeovil magistrates court last month for harassing his wife Weng, and was handed a restraining order and £600 fine.

Ron Sheppard when he proposed to Cristel Marquez

Ron Sheppard when he proposed to Cristel Marquez

Cristel was quick to pour scorn when questioned over her feelings for the sickly pensioner.

“I know what it looks like but I am not here for a passport. I am not here to take advantage of Ron.”

Ron first met Cristel when he lived in Thailand with wife number seven Wan but lost contact.

Ron Sheppard on his wedding day to his first wife Margaret in 1966

Ron Sheppard on his wedding day to his first wife Margaret in 1966

Then last year, as his marriage with wife number eight Weng was hitting the rocks, Ron and Cristel found each other on Facebook and romance blossomed.

Love-struck Ron jetted off to the Philippines and spent the festive period with call centre worker Cristel and then asked her to marry him on New Year’s Eve.

He has been married for 44 of the past 47 years – the longest union lasting 13 years and the shortest just 10 months – and he is praying this one will last him the rest of his life.

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