Inside the unusual marriage of Earl of Devon and Baywatch star  AJ Langer

It was a marriage few would have predicted - one a hippy Hollywood star and the other, the heir to a sprawling British residence and historic titles.

But in 2002, the very different worlds of former Baywatch star AJ Langer and the future Earl of Devon, Charles Courtenay, collided when they fell for each other in Las Vegas.

Neither AJ nor Charles claimed to be aware of each other’s respective fame when they met in 2002 at the Hard Rock Circle Bar, in Vegas, while she was on a hen do.

At that point, the actress had “no idea about the castles or titles” - nor that she would put her acting career on hold to move 5,300 miles away and live in a 14th-century manor on 3,500 acres after tying the knot in 2005.

Now 18 years since their marriage, the couple are getting divorced with insiders saying that "homesickness" and the stress of maintaining the  600-year-old residence were behind it.

The couple had to adapt to new responsibilities in 2015, after the death of Charles' father saw them become the the Earl and Lady of Devon.

The Earl said their focus would be "the wellbeing of their wonderful children", Joscelyn, 16, and Jack, 14, who he said was their "highest priority".