Congratulations are in order to a new family!
Kate Winslet has married for the third time in a secret ceremony, to fiancé Ned RocknRoll – the nephew of Sir Richard Branson – in New York.
“I can confirm that Kate Winslet married Ned Rock’nRoll in NY earlier this month in a private ceremony attended by her two children and a very few friends and family,” the couple’s announced recently. The couple had been engaged since the summer.
A source revealed: “Kate and Ned got married in a really romantic and private ceremony. They had been planning it for a while. They are both so happy and very much in love. Kate is very private and didn’t want anyone to know.
According to another source that commented on the ceremony earlier this month: “It wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment thing, they had been planning it but wanted to keep it secret.”
And Ned’s dad Robert said at his Gloucestershire farmhouse: “It’s not something I know of — but nothing would surprise me with those two.”
“She asked if Leo would give her away because they are best friends.”
Kate’s best friend and Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio gave the beaming bride away.
This is the third marriage for the 37-year-old Winslet, and the second marriage for Rocknroll, 34, who was born Abel Smith and works for his uncle’s Virgin Galactic space-tourism operation.
The Reader actress was wed to director Jim Threapleton from 1998 to 2001; they are parents to daughter Mia, 12. Winslet and director Sam Mendes tied the knot in 2003 and divorced seven years later; they are parents to son Joe, 9.
Rocknroll, the nephew of Virgin billionaire Richard Branson, was previously married to British socialite Eliza Cowdray, the daughter of a multimillionaire viscount.
Princess Beatrice was among the guests at his first wedding in 2009, when he married heiress Eliza Pearson in an open-air pagan ceremony. Ned and Eliza, 24, divorced after just under two years of marriage.
Kate has been secretly engaged for some months, and the service is said to have been so private that even Kate’s parents weren’t even aware she was heading down the aisle again.
It is not the first time Kate has married in secret. She wed American Beauty director Mendes on a remote Caribbean island in 2003, with just daughter Mia and three friends in attendance.
The actress’s ring which has not been seen yet was designed by private jeweler Charles Goode of Goode & Son, a friend of both Ned and Kate’s.
In September 2012, Winslet and Rocknroll (born Abel Smith) purchased a 15th-century home for about $3 million in West Sussex, England.
The Titantic actress first met Ned, the nephew of Sir Richard Branson, while on holiday at the Virgin mogul’s Necker Island. At the time she was dating model Louis Dowler who she was on holiday with.
They made their first red carpet appearance together in January at the Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles, where the actress won a gong for her role in TV series Mildred Pierce.