Former PSNI chief Hugh Orde marries his former mistress
Published 02/09/2011 | 09:59
Former PSNI chief constable Sir Hugh Orde has married his former mistress.
He wed Denise Weston - a former colleague with whom he has a child - on Tuesday, at a quiet ceremony in Brighton. It is understood the pair had been living together for some time.
The couple's relationship was forced into the limelight in early 2007, after the News of the World published details about Sir Hugh's three-year extra-marital relationship with the former undercover Metropolitan police detective, who had previously worked on the Stevens Inquiry into collusion.
It is believed the couple met when he was a deputy assistant commissioner in the Metropolitan Police, where she was a detective constable.
At the time, his then wife, Kathleen, with whom he has an adult son, Jonathan, stood by him throughout the public outcry.
Sir Hugh said that his wife and family were "fully aware" of his affair. Later in 2007, and only six months after the revelations, Sir Hugh admitted his marriage was over. He added that his wife, Lady Orde, had left their marital home in Crawfordsburn, Co Down, and moved back to England.
Following the revelations, Sir Hugh apologised to RUC widows he may have offended after missing a memorial service to instead take part in the Great North Run alongside his then mistress.
He hit the headlines once again this month after being tipped to take the top job at the Met in London, where he began his career in 1977. The interview process for the top job starts today.
The Met had been advertising for a new boss since the resignation of Sir Paul Stephenson in July 2011, and Sir Hugh narrowly missed out on the position when Sir Paul was appointed in 2009.
Earlier this month he was also outspoken on the rioting in England, defending police handling of the riots and dismissing the role of politicians as an "irrelevance" in bringing them under control.
As one of the UK's most senior police officers, Sir Hugh Orde was given the position of PSNI chief constable in 2002.
In 2009, the Surrey-born officer was named as the new president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, after seven years' policing in Northern Ireland.