Wednesday, June 12th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Richard Ralph to marry?

Former Falkland Islands Governor, Richard Ralph, now ambassador to Romania, is reported in the British Press to be marrying his partner, Jemma Jackson, whom he met and began an affair with in the Falklands.

Nearing the end of his three year stint in Romania, he is also reported to be about to be posted as ambassador to Peru.

Richard Ralph, aged 55, a grandfather and married for almost 30 years, has divorced his wife. His relationship with Jemma Jackson, then 25, began after they met at a cocktail party at Government House in Stanley where she was working as a legal secretary in a solicitor's office.

Richard Ralph has recently been criticised in the British media for his role in the sale of Romania's state-owned steel company Sidex to an Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal.

Harold Briley, London

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