With its muddy galoshes, 15th century home, aristocratic neighbors, feathery voice and Aga, the artist formerly known as Ginger Spice has come a long way.
A recent profile and admirer of her featured Geri posing for photos wearing a ball gown sitting on a horse. He greeted her: "The Real Spice Posh."
At least one of the Spice Girls finds the "Posher than Posh" act so annoying that she was tempted to do a series of reckless thefts.
As we recently discovered, Mel B, 43, can not stand the new and healthy incarnation of his old friend as the trophy wife.
After dropping the news that they had a lesbian date, Mel B said, "She's going to hate me for it because she's all classy in her cottage with her husband."
Mel apparently apologized to Geri for the excavation – after an initial refusal – and Geri is trying to move on.
They should start rehearsals for their reunion tour soon.
But how did Ginger Spice – dizzy, talkative, noisy and full of attitude – reinvent herself as the Lady of the Manor?
GIRL FROM SPICE TO A WANNABE SLOANE
Finding world fame at age 24, she made her mark with platform trainers, war paint, a broad neckline, and hair with gaudy stripes.
However, it was a confusing world that was not exactly the fantasy she expected.
She was released two years later, under the dominance of an eating disorder and unable to cope with the love and hate dynamics of the Spice Girls.
But his taste for high life had been sharpened. People close to her say that her efforts with Prince Charles on the Spice Girls' show days have sparked her desire to belong to the top tier.
A friend said: "She was amazed when the Spice Girls started meeting Prince Charles. Mel B was rude to him at the premiere of the Spiceworld movie, but Geri really turned her head and became very interested in high society."
GROWN WITH AN OUTSIDE LOO
Once an aspiring actress, singer, and dancer, she began as the daughter of a cleaner and used car saleswoman in Watford. The beginning of life was full of difficulties. There was no central heating in her house, and even today she hates being cold.
After her parents divorced when she was ten, her Spanish mother Ana had to work hard to stay afloat. There was an outside toilet and no money for the holidays. She read books instead, revealing, "Other kids went elsewhere – I just went to Narnia."
THE SEARCH FOR MR MONEYBAGS
A friend said, "Your mother always told her to marry a rich man and that's what she did." It was not all too easy though. As Geri said, "I think we all know that relationships have not been my strong point."
A brief novel with screenwriter Sacha Gervasi resulted in the arrival of daughter Bluebell, born when Geri was 33 years old.
She then formed a relationship with banker Henry Beckwith and hoped he could be material husband. "It was just your cup of tea," a friend said. "Posh, connected and rich. She hung up."
Old Harrovian Beckwith, whose father is a property mogul, would have disturbed Geri during his two-year romance with his mobile eye.
She told an interviewer, "If you want to find one, you have to be yourself, totally. I was definitely guilty of breathing, trying to be something the other person wants.
"What you want is to find the person with whom you can be your best nerd."
WIFE IN FAST LANE
Geri's extraordinary social transformation is due in large part to circles in which her husband, Christian Horner, head of the Red Bull Racing Formula One, moves in. They met ten years ago when he lived with his girlfriend Beverley Allen. But it was only in 2014 that his connection became a romance.
At that time, Christian and Beverley, who had a six-month-old daughter, separated after 14 years together.
In March of that year, Geri and Christian were photographed together for the first time. Shortly afterwards, Geri painted her reddish brown hair – which was said to be a stab at seeming more respectable for the sake of her parents.
They were married and married at a traditional church service at St. Mary's Church in Woburn, Bedfordshire, in May 2015. The 42-year-old bride was a vision in a white Phillippa Lepley dress.
Ginger Spice is reborn as a Chelsea bride.
However, the groom's parents were so outraged by his son's behavior toward Beverley and his newborn daughter Olivia that they refused to attend.
A NANNY, PA AND HOUSKEEPER, ALSO
Christian kept the Grade 2 listed house just a few miles from Banbury, Oxfordshire – which Geri now owns – in the division. The new combined family spends the week at Geri's home in North London and on weekends in Oxfordshire. Her country house features a wood-paneled study and a large orangery where Geri does yoga.
She and her husband dine where she likes to invite authors and artists. She has a permanent entourage of staff including a nanny, at least one PA and a housekeeper.
Those who visited her house say she has a huge amount of Emma Bridgewater crockery.
She prefers polo necks and plum vowels and takes care that interviewers know of any books they improve or have read. It is a rather rarefied lifestyle and she seems to consider herself a quasi-real one.
In a recent interview, she even thought, "When I'm in doubt, I often think: what would the queen do?"
SHE IS LOSS THAT THE OLD SENSE OF FUN
She and daughter Bluebell, 12, are extremely close. Geri raised her as a single mother with the help of friends including the late singer George Michael.
She now sends her daughter to private school. A friend said, "She used to think it was elegant to be in Hello !, the minute Bluebell was born, she went to a photo shoot with them.Now she knows that she is not more elegant.
"She's changed completely.It's like the reinvention of Madonna when she suddenly became an English lady for Guy Ritchie.The sad thing is that she seems to have abandoned the fun and the confidence she used to have.
"In many ways, Bluebell is the girl she wanted to be, privately educated, speaks more than one language, very well spoken, good manners." Geri has seen all this, and she has always been a consummate networker.
SERENADING YOUR CHILD'S SON
Son Monty, born when she was 44, is considered a great blessing. She says that he was conceived naturally and she is aware of how lucky she is by having this second chance at motherhood. The two of them squeeze in their country and she takes it out on her tractor. She also enjoys serenade on guitar while dressed with flowing flowers.
PING PONG WITH ARISTOCRATS
She plays ping pong with aristocratic neighbors who include Lady Joanna Wellesley, the ex-wife of the eighth Duke of Wellington's son.
Others in his social circle include writer Richard Curtis. The neighbors of Oxford do not seem very concerned about Geri's common roots.
A neighbor said, "Geri is adorable.He is often walking around the village with her family.He is very talkative, and her daughter and son often walk with her.He is very family oriented."
She added, "I'd say she's kind of a peasant these days. She does a lot of horseback riding around the village, and they have some classic cars, so they usually go out and drive around the country.
"Her husband has lived in the village for a long time, but they have not been seen so much around here since they were together – but both are incredibly busy, she really is beautiful and very friendly."
PLUMMY ACCENT IRRITATES PALS
An old friend from London told me with a sigh, "She's crazy and a little deceived." She added, "Did you hear her talk recently? It's crazy."
Her old friends included the girls from the 90s band All Saints and Meg Mathews, formerly married to Oasis's Noel Gallagher. They are quite surprised by the phenomenon "Lady Geri, Duchess of Banbury".
A friend said, "Your airs and your graces have awakened people's nerves. The fact is, every girl knows that she is a graph of the working class of Watford and continues to float like an aristocrat.
"Of course, being Geri, I think she actually came to believe that it's true."
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There have been several reinventions since her Spice Girls days – Geri has tried her hand as a solo artist, children's author and BBC presenter.
She's currently less than two months away from the Spice Girls' reunion tour.
She hoped these dates would reaffirm her status as an "icon" that is fondly remembered. Certainly his attempts at solo success, with a single released in the memory of George Michael, were nothing short of an embarrassing failure.
After the tour, what will she do?
The signs are that she will continue to write books, writing screenplays and even working on a musical, but that will mark a decisive end to her days as a pop star.
She thinks of herself as the "intellectual" of the band and has little self-belief.
A source said, "Geri is very determined now that she has risen, never to return. I have heard her talk about people being a plebeian, which is quite surprising but how she thinks of herself.
"This house is not in the smart part of the Cotswolds, unlike Victoria Beckham, and some people think she's not smart enough to take the new picture, but she's going to die trying."