Ladies and gentlemen … meet the mother-in-law from hell. Her name is Carolyn Bourne and apparently, she hates her stepson’s soon-to-be bride and her poor family, as detailed in a viral e-mail that is making its way around the Internet.

Mrs. Bourne, 60, sent her future daughter-in-law Heidi Withers a nasty e-mail after stepson Freddie introduced Heidi to the family. In the message, Bourne, a Florist from London, slams Withers for her “Lack of grace,” branding her as an “ideal candidate for the Ladette to Lady television series.”

Freddie’s angry stepmother even goes in on Heidi’s parents, saying, “I understand your parents are unable to contribute very much towards the cost of your wedding. (There is nothing wrong with that except that convention is such that one might presume they would have saved over the years for their daughters’ marriages),” apparently in response to Heidi wanting a “celebrity-style” wedding without her family having the money to afford it themselves.

“I pity Freddie,” Heidi’s future mother-in-law ended the e-mail.

No, we pity Heidi!

Check out the full e-mail below:

From: Carolyn Bourne
To: Heidi Withers
Subject: Your lack of manners

When you are a guest in another’s house, you do not declare what you will and will not eat – unless you are positively allergic to something.

You do not remark that you do not have enough food. You do not start before everyone else. You do not take additional helpings without being invited to by your host.

When a guest in another’s house, you do not lie in bed until late morning in households that rise early – you fall in line with house norms.

Your should never ever insult the family you are about to join at any time and most definitely not in public. I gather you passed this off as a joke but the reaction in the pub was one of shock, not laughter.

You regularly draw attention to yourself. Perhaps you should ask yourself why. No one gets married in a castle unless they own it. It is brash, celebrity-style behavior.

I understand your parents are unable to contribute very much towards the cost of your wedding. (There is nothing wrong with that except that convention is such that one might presume they would have saved over the years for their daughters’ marriages.) If this is the case, it would be most ladylike and gracious to lower your sights and have a modest wedding as befits both your incomes.

One could be accused of thinking that Heidi Withers must be patting herself on the back for having caught a most eligible young man. I pity Freddie.

Mrs. Carolyn Bourne went in didn’t she?

Heidi and Freddie

[The Sun]