Geri Halliwell’s seemingly perfect life as a country mum could come crashing down if her husband, F1 boss Christian Horner, is found to have acted “inappropriately” towards a female colleague.
And a PR guru has warned the former Spice Girl (now Geri Halliwell-Horner) to think carefully before adopting her former bandmate Victoria Beckham’s approach to making a show of marital unity. Sun reports.
The once cheeky Geri, who grew up on a council estate in Watford, wore a revealing Union Jack dress to the Brit Awards and patted King Charles on the bum at a Royal Variety performance in 1997.
But these days, the 51-year-old has transformed her image, sleeping with the Cotswold set, wearing only white and reportedly hoping the monarch will reward her with a CBE for her work promoting literacy.
An honor could be threatened if accusations against Red Bull Racing boss Christian, accused of “controlling behaviour” towards a work colleague, prove substantiated.
Sources say the investigation will focus on the employee’s concerns about Horner’s strict work regime and does not relate to any sexual misconduct.
The Spice Girl is said to be “too upset” to speak to “anyone” as her husband, 50, prepares for a D-Day interrogation over the claims on Friday.
But the Daily Mail reports she will follow in the footsteps of her bandmate Victoria, who publicly supported her husband David during allegations of an affair in 2004.
A source told the newspaper: “She will support him and be by his side as much as she always has been. “She never misses a race and that won’t change.”
However, Geri, who now uses the surname Halliwell-Horner, should be careful about following Posh Spice’s lead, says PR chief Jack Izzard, chief executive of Rhizome Media.
He tells The Sun: “If they are confident that the allegations are unfounded and that the independent investigation will vindicate Mr Horner, they could put on a public spectacle of marital unity as Geri’s Spice Girl pal Victoria Beckham did when she learned that her husband David had been having an affair.
“But this is risky. “Allegations of inappropriate behavior by a man in a position of power can sometimes have a toxic undertone far beyond that of an extramarital affair.”
In a vicious public relations cycle, hiding from the crisis might not be a good idea either.
Geri, who married Christian in 2015 after a whirlwind romance, is devoted to her husband, so much so that the Wi-Fi password in their home was once reportedly “Wonderful Husband.”
They have a son together, seven-year-old Monty, and she has previously insisted they will never divorce.
By not supporting Christian, it could give the impression that all is not well in the Halliwell-Horner household.
Jack warns: “Likewise, confinement could be interpreted as a sign of fracture in the couple’s relationship and fuel speculation that there is no smoke without fire.”
Of course, this would be unfair to Geri, for whom news of an investigation into Christian’s work behavior came out of the blue.
Christian vehemently denies any wrongdoing and will defend himself at Friday’s internal hearing, which is said to take place at Red Bull’s headquarters in Milton Keynes.
Geri’s husband has been the boss of Red Bull’s Formula One racing team since its launch in 2005.
It has achieved notable success, including seven championship crowns for its drivers and six constructors’ titles.
But earlier this week the Austrian firm revealed it was investigating allegations of “inappropriate behaviour” by Christian.
It issued a statement saying: “After becoming aware of certain recent allegations, the company launched an independent investigation. “The company takes these matters very seriously.”
So far the main complaint against Christian has been from his F1 rivals, who appeared to be bitter about his success.
He’s a workaholic who never misses a race and admits he’s driven by the need to win.
Jack comments: “There is a brutal irony here. The reputation of a woman whose figure-hugging Union Jack dress once made her the avatar of Girl Power and Cool Britannia is now at stake, not because of anything she has done, but because of accusations swirling around her husband. she “.
Geri and Christian’s romance was born somehow in the mansion.
Their second meeting was at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, which is the setting for the beloved TV drama Downton Abbey.
They met at a clay pigeon shoot and realized they had a passion for rural activities.
Since becoming Mrs Halliwell-Horner, Geri certainly seems to have moved closer to a circle more familiar to her privately educated husband.
Geri, whose mother was a cleaner, currently counts Baroness Bamford, who lives nearby on a 1,500-acre estate in the Cotswolds, among her friends, along with prominent members of the Royal Family.
In November 2022, Queen Consort Camilla gave Geri a warm hug at a reception at Buckingham Palace in London.
She was also hugged by Prince William when she appeared with him at an event for his homeless charity Homewards.
And shortly after the king’s coronation last year, Geri gave Charles a kiss on the cheek at a Prince’s Trust event.
everything is all white
The only constant in all of these events has been the color of Geri’s dress. Even when she goes horse riding at the couple’s Oxfordshire estate, she prefers white.
He explained his stylistic passion to The Sun, saying: “Everything becomes really simple. It’s like wearing a school uniform when you’re an adult.
“It goes with everything and I literally don’t have to think in the morning. It seems like you made an effort when you haven’t.”
And if you looked at the singer-turned-children’s author’s Instagram page, you’d think her life was perfect bliss.
A week ago he was celebrating his horse’s first race. Watch Mee’s first race; Five weeks ago, Christian was awarded a CBE and before Christmas she threw a star-studded 50th birthday party for her husband.
Guests included Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart and Gary Barlow.
When Geri turned 50 in 2022, David Walliams, Holly Willoughby, Rylan, Chris Evans, Myleene Klass and Poppy Delevingne joined the celebrations.
Given the couple are worth £440million, they can certainly afford to spend money on extravagant parties.
They recently built 14 stables for their horses, which will participate in the races. His house in Banbury has donkeys, goats, ducks and he recently appeared on the cover of glossy magazine Country & Town House.
Geri’s daughter Bluebell, 17, and Christian’s daughter Olivia, ten, both from previous relationships, also share the luxurious mansion.
She loves baking with the kids and cooking for her husband when he is not at Grand Prix races.
On Friday, Christian will be the center of attention for all the wrong reasons.
If she emerges with her good reputation intact, there will be no reason why Geri’s good life among the upper classes can’t continue.
But if not, the glamorous invitations for the power couple will surely come to an end.
Jack concludes: “Ultimately, the results of the investigation will determine whether this is just an engine problem or a high-speed accident for F1’s golden couple.”
This story was published by Sun and was reproduced with permission