Why BBC's Emily Maitlis Hide About Stalker? Has that Affected her Married life? Husband and Children
If we follow the BBC, we know who Emily Maitlis is! Yes, she is the same lady, who’s been presenting news programs and bulletins across the social channels of the BBC and in front of our television sets or say via a website since 2001.
For a matter of fact, she was followed by the stalker for more than a quarter of a century, i.e., 25 years. Could you believe it? And, has stalker affected her marital status with husband? Find out!
Stalked Last Twenty-Five Years!
The fuzz began a long time back when she was a student at Cambridge. The man, Edward Vines met Emily when they were undergraduates at Queen’s College, Cambridge University, United Kingdom. And then the chase of Cat and Rat had begun.
Emily with her husband, Mark Gwynne in The London Evening Standard Theatre Award in 2013 (Photo: photoshelter.com)
In 2016, speaking to Times magazine, Emily also revealed the fear in which she and her family have been living in since the eighties.
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Edward had been messaging and harassing her. It must have been tough for her, for sure. Emily herself stated she felt powerless, fears for her family and even had to have an escort to go to the local supermarket as well as her children to go to the school bus.
You can feel the pain in her words:
“There is a weariness to it. It feels never ending. His life is ruined; I try to blank it. It’s a heaviness that sits on you, and when he comes back, it’s dreadful. I get calls at all times of the day and night. It feels desperately sad. I can’t see how it will end.”
Emily Matlis Stalker Edward Vines walks to the court in 2002 (Photo: dailymail.co.uk)
She stated that she was still suffering a ‘never-ending’ campaign from schizophrenic Edward Vines although he was sent to jail for four months. Maitlis was compelled to go in the witness box when she took Vines to court in 2002 after he sacked his lawyer.
She kept her head turned away from the dock and tried to ignore, but she struggled to keep her patience during the questioning, which was brought to an end after 45 minutes when a court legal adviser decided it was too distressing for the Emily to continue. Edward believed that they had a special bond and shared a mutual feeling. Right, who knows?
I wasn’t a celeb; I was just a student who knew him a bit. But it soon became very intense, and he turned up everywhere. My whole family was trying to protect me.’
From her words, we can relate she didn’t open up about stalker earlier because of her and her family safety. Edward was jailed for four months for harassment in 2002 as well.
Emily was cautious before and thought it would all come to an end; it wasn’t meant to be.
Telegraph of UK explains despite her bright and strict character on media world she’s in fact girl’s next door character. She also talked about Mark Gwynne, her banker husband, and her happy family life.
Emily is married to Mark Gwynne and has two children, both sons with her husband. There is no news found when and where the couple exchanged their vows with each other.
Offender Finally Behind Bars!
Finally, 2016 was the year obsessed stalker was behind bars for three years after harassing Emily for the last 25 years with emails and letters. Edward Vines was found guilty of breaching a restraining order at Oxford Crown Court on 5 September 2016. Edward told the court:
“We remained friends throughout the whole of the Easter term. She wrote to me over the Easter holidays – letters which I still have. But in April it changed dramatically, in my eyes. She appeared not to want to see me. She occasionally put me down in small ways, but nonetheless hurtful ways.”
Vines said that Emily’s rejection had caused him mental problems and he continued to contact her for the next quarter of the year, demanding to know why she had severed links with him.
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A jury of the court found Edward guilty of two counts of breaching the order by sending two letters to the journalist and also was found guilty of sending emails and messages to her mother, Marion Maitlis, between 10th May and 26th June.
Emily Maitlis is a British Newsreader cum Journalist, best known for 'Newsnight' on BBC Two and news bulletin on BBC Network. She graduated from Queen's College, Cambridge. Before a news journalist, she was also a documentary maker.
Emily has worked with Sky News and BBC London News.
Life Affected Due To Stalking
In 2018, Emily penned a heartfelt letter in victim impact about how stalking affected her life. She revealed how she was in constant fear of life. The journalist felt fear and trust issues around strangers.
While going out or working late, she could never relax. Add to that, Emily’s sons were also fearful of her stalker.
The BBC host’s husband was angry that they couldn’t tackle the staking problem in spite of everything being out in the open. Emily revealed how she felt that the justice system failed her when Edward, the stalker sent him letter even from jail.
BBC's Salary Controversy
In 2017, Emily was on the verge of quitting her job at BBC when she got to know about the severe wage gap between the female and male counterpart at the organization. The situation was terrible as on the list of top 20 highest paid employee only two were female.
After the controversy broke, BBC pledged to improve the situation and convinced Emily to stay on the reputed network. Her salary was between £220,000 and £230,000 in 2018.