A leaked email from a disgruntled future mother-in-law has become a global hit thanks to the internet.

But now suspicions are arising that it was a genius online PR stunt.

The original email was sent by Carolyn Bourne, 60, who was not impressed with her step-son’s Freddy’s fiancé when she stayed at the Bourne residence.

Bourne emailed the girl, Heidi Withers, with a stern ticking off and a list of ‘dos and don’ts’ for proper etiquette, accusing the young PA of being a “ladette” and being rude.

The email, which was forwarded around the world by friends of Ms Withers, has drawn attention from the UK and international media – and has even been discussed on US breakfast talkshows. It certainly sparked a lot of interest online.

But now it has been revealed that Freddie, 29, is a stakeholder in a wedding company, leading many commentators to suggest the whole ordeal was simply a clever PR stunt.

Of course, if it was, there’s little Freddie could do to control the sheer interest in the story – and ensure the email went racing around the world as quickly as it did. But it’s certainly gained a lot of attention for the newlyweds-to-be.

The Metro reports that Heidi’s father, Alan Withers, has now denied it was a marketing exercise.

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