Who is Jeremy Hunt’s wife Lucia Guo, why has she been dubbed his ‘secret weapon’ and how many children do they have?
LUCIA Guo is the wife of Conservative politician Jeremy Hunt, who went head to head with Boris Johnson in the race to become Britain’s next Prime Minister.
Lucia, who originally is from China married her Tory MP husband in a traditional Chinese ceremony 10 years ago. Here’s all you need to know.
Who is Jeremy Hunt’s wife Lucia Guo?
Jeremy Hunt met Lucia Guo at a Hotcourses event in Warwick in 2008.
Guo worked at the University of Warwick helping to recruit Chinese students to study at the uni.
After swapping contact details, the pair began dating and married a year later after Jeremy proposed by hiding an engagement ring in the hollow of a tree for Lucia to find on a Christmas Eve walk.
The couple who have an 11-year age gap wed in a traditional Chinese ceremony in Xian – Guo’s hometown.
Together they went on to form a real estate business together called Mare Pond Properties Limited.
Lucia watched her husband launch his bid to become the leader of the Conservative Party on June 10, 2019, and has been dubbed his “secret weapon” due to her being extremely intelligent.
Hunt says that Lucia “gives as good as she gets,” and describes her as the “sparkler” in his and his family’s lives.
It has been revealed that Lucia’s nickname for her leadership hopeful hubby is “Big Rice,” after her Chinese grandmother struggled to pronounce “Jeremy” and so just called him “Big Mi” meaning “Big Rice”.
How many children do they have?
Lucia and Jeremy have three children – Jack, Anna and Eleanor.
Hunt has said that he fears his children may face discrimination if immigration is not controlled.
He reasoned that anger against immigrants will increase unless more is done to curb the number of people coming to the UK.
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What was the ‘Japanese-Chinese’ gaffe?
Jeremy Hunt owned up to a “terrible” gaffe after calling his Chinese wife “Japanese”– during a trip to China to improve relations.
In July 2018, the Foreign Secretary was trying to collect favour with his hosts but quickly realised his dreadful error.
In his first big foreign trip in the role, he mentioned his spouse Lucia Guo as he held a meeting with his counterpart, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Cameras picked him up saying: “My wife is Japanese – my wife is Chinese.”
After quickly correcting his error he added: “That’s a terrible mistake to make.”
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