Britain's most married man, Ron Sheppard (pictured), has quit his engagement to future wife number nine
Britain's most married man has quit his engagement to future wife number nine, whom he never actually met because he said it didn't feel right.
Ron Sheppard, 71, from Somerton, Somerset, suggested Rose Hans, 30, last month after a one-year romance triggered by a message she sent him online.
The couple had never met in person, but the father of eight had hoped to tie the knot in February 2020 after completing a nursing course in Ghana, nearly 5,000 miles away.
But the retired entertainment manager has now announced that he pulled the plug for the upcoming wedding via email at the last minute.
Ron said: & # 39; We should meet on Friday. It didn't feel right to me – especially when you don't really love someone.
& # 39; She put all the pressure on. It didn't feel right in my heart. My love has always been in a different place.
"Of course she was upset and all – but I was expecting a pleading email and I didn't understand that. She said that she cannot take calls since she is in Ghana. & # 39;
Ron, whom his friends called "Lord of the Wedding Rings" because he has so often made a covenant for life, is now planning to write a book on relationships.
He said: "I want to give myself some time – but people asked me what I would do about their problems beforehand."
Rose Hans (pictured) had hoped to marry Ron after completing a nursing course in Ghana, nearly 5,000 miles away
Ron had previously spoken positively about his engagement to Rose.
He said: 'Age is just numbers and I don't care that she is more than half my age … I haven't told my family yet, but they know what I am like.
"She will be a great companion and being a nurse will help me my age. This will definitely see me.
"She doesn't ask me anything – but I gave her a few pounds for her grandmother."
Ron (pictured with wife number eight Weng) announced that he had pulled the plug for the upcoming wedding via email at the last minute
Ron told MailOnline at the time that the couple would start planning their wedding properly after Rose was in the UK and secured a job, but admitted that it was a bit of a quickie.
Before Rose, he had planned to marry Cristel Marquez-Lalic, 33, but her romance ended abruptly in 2017 when she had to leave the country after she exceeded her visa.
When he spoke to the Daily Mirror at the time, he said: "I am devastated, I have done everything for this girl and she is a runner, I feel like such a cup.
“We didn't have a love life, nothing at all, because she insisted on being a committed Christian and didn't believe in sex before marriage.
She hated my Norman wisdom impressions, she had no idea who he was. She would just sit there with her headphones and take selfies and I would have to call her name just to look at me. & # 39;
Ron married Margaret for the first time on their wedding day in 1966 (left). The couple had three children and divorced after two years. He married bride number three in 1976, Lesley (right)
Ron with his fourth wife, Kathy, who met in a summer camp before their wedding in 1982. They had a daughter and lived for four years
But he became suspicious when she lost her engagement ring and started making friends and going out more.
Ron then went to her room and noticed that she had taken all her luggage with her.
He said: “A friend told me that she has met another man since she was here and is with him now. I am indescribably devastated.
"I loved this woman with all my heart. But I thought it would be best if I called the police and the border agency just in case they tried to stay illegal. & # 39;
Ron's fifth wife Sue, whom he met in a bingo hall and married in 1986. They had two sons, but she kicked him out in 1997
Ron married woman number seven Wan (left) in 2003 and his last marriage in 2004 was with Weng (right), which lasted 11 years until the couple separated in 2015
Ron's longest association lasted 13 years, the shortest just 10 months.
He was only 19 years old when he made his life bond with the first wife Margaret in 1966 and the couple had two children before divorcing two years later.
Then he met the second wife Jeanette in a bingo hall in Kingston and they married in 1973, but it took a year.
Ron Sheppard's women
Woman No. 1: Margaret in 1966. Had three children and divorced after two years.
Woman No. 2: Jeanette, married in 1973 and divorced after only one year. Ron later described the union as a "business transaction."
Woman No. 3: Lesley, married in 1976. He left the company five years later after a number of arguments. The couple have two sons.
Woman No. 4: Kathy met in a vacation camp and they married in 1982. They had a daughter and lived for four years.
Woman No. 5: Sue met in a bingo hall and married in 1986. They had two sons, but she kicked him out in 1997.
Woman No. 6: Usha, married in 1999. They separated after four years when Ron cheated on them in Thailand.
Woman No. 7: Wan met in Bangkok in 2003 and got married that year. The couple were only in the UK for eight months when Wan left him and returned home.
Woman No. 8: Weng, married in 2004. The couple met online and Sheppard flew to the Philippines. The couple were together for 11 years and separated in 2015.
Ron has since described the marriage as a "business transaction" that allowed them to get a larger house from the council.
Shortly after their divorce, Ron met the third woman, Lesley, and in 1976 they made a bond for life.
They had two children together and he said he thought she was for parties, but he went five years later after a series of arguments.
He then meets 18-year-old blonde Kathy at the Pontins summer camp in Somerset and the couple married in 1982.
They had a daughter together and lived for four years, although Ron claimed it was a "rebound relationship" after his separation from Lesley.
He met the fifth woman Sue in a bingo hall. Although he admitted that he wasn't "torn from her feet" by her, he moved into her two-bedroom house and they married in 1986.
They had two sons together, but she kicked him out when he was offered a job in Bournemouth.
In 1999 he married Usha after the two met on a stopover to Singapore. They lasted four years, but separated after Ron cheated on them while on vacation in Thailand alone.
With divorce number six behind him, he met seventh Ms. Wan in Bangkok during a trip to an old friend in 2003, but it only lasted eight months.
His last marriage was to Weng, whom Ron met online and then flew to the Philippines to see. They married on the Isle of Wight in 2004 and separated in 2015.
The father of eight children planned to marry Cristel Lalec (pictured together) in 2017, but parted amicably with Sheppard due to the stress of a long-distance relationship and health problems
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