Inevitably she manages to discover an upside to even the toughest situations.
She has been prepared to forgive Niall’s infidelities over the past two or three years because she so passionately believes in keeping the family together.’The couple have two sons aged 14 and nine, and a 13-year-old daughter.
Ms Hirsi Ali, 40, is a lawyer and former Dutch MP who wrote the script for a controversial film that criticised Islam and resulted in the assassination of its director.
She is currently living under police protection in America.
‘Sue tried to save the marriage and flew to Manhattan to be with Niall in November.’Ms Douglas, who is seven years older than her husband, has met Ms Hirsi Ali on a number of occasions.
Sources close to Ferguson, who was a professor at Oxford before moving to Harvard, say that he has consulted lawyers in the States, while Ms Douglas plans to file for divorce and has consulted a London-based law firm.
Other stars Cameron will be joining include Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Iain De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Elizabeth Henstridge.
The internationally celebrated historian and TV presenter Niall Ferguson has broken up with his wife of 16 years after a string of adulterous affairs.
The 45-year-old Harvard professor has left former newspaper editor Susan Douglas, with whom he has three children, for his mistress, the Somalian-born feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
And all our debts are set against assets, in other words, our three houses.’Given Ferguson’s high profile and the couple’s connections in the media, political and academic worlds, the divorce will be one of the most spectacular of the coming year.
The separation is likely to affect both of their political careers, as each enjoys close links with the Conservative party, which has been focusing heavily on the promotion of marriage.