They've only got eyes for each other! RFK Jr and Cheryl Hines escape rest of Kennedy clan for alone time at family compound
21:12 GMT, 6 August 2012
The Kennedys may be feuding over their family compound but that has not stopped Robert F. Kennedy Jr and girlfriend Cheryl Hines from spending some romantic time together on the historical estate.
RFK Jr, 58, and the Curb Your Enthusiasm star, 46, were spotted taking a romantic stroll on the beach at the legendary Hyannis Port, Massachusetts compound yesterday.
The pair, who stepped out in public together less than two months after his late wife Mary Kennedy committed suicide, were joined over the weekend by their families including Ms Hines' daughter Catherine Young Rose and RFK Jr's cousin Maria Shriver.
Fun in the sun: RFK Jr and his girlfriend Cheryl Hines (above) were spotted on the sand at the legendary Kennedy compound yesterday. The couple were joined by some of their family including Ms Hines' daughter
Sharing a laugh: The pair found some alone time as their two families came together for the annual vacation
Ms Hines was photographed in white bikini bottoms and a black shirt, her arm wrapped around RFK Jr who was wearing a black swimming costume as they strolled up from the water.
Her boyfriend was shirtless as he took family and friends out on a boat at another stage of the weekend, his actress girlfriend joining him, dressed in a white T-shirt and blue shorts, topped off with a white cap and dark sunglasses.
Ms Shriver and her two children, 22-year-old writer Katherine Schwarzenegger and 18-year-old Patrick Schwarzenegger, also joined the clan.
It was reported just yesterday that Edward M. Kennedy's widow, Vicky, has been working against the rest of the family to ensure the compound would be partly donated to a non-profit institute set up in her husband's name.
Caring: The couple seemed at ease in each other's company, above as Ms Hines donned white bikini bottoms
Family outing: The couple, above centre, stepped out as a couple two months after Mary Kennedy died
Mother: Ms Hines's daughter Catherine Young Rose (right) also joined the group who relaxed over the weekend
It has been alleged that the senator's sons, Edward M. Kennedy Jr. and Patrick Kennedy, have been banned from using the mansion's swimming pool, while the Boston Globe reports that the main house is also off-limits to the family.
There looked to be no sign of recent tensions, however, as RFK Jr and Ms Hines' adoration of one another was well and truly on display over the weekend.
Country singer Taylor Swift, who is dating RFK Jr's 18-year-old son Conor, is also said to have been banned from staying at the mansion.
The Edward M. Kennedy institute had banned Mary Kennedy, 52, from the property prior to her tragic death which occurred at her home in Bedford, New York on May 16.
RFK Jr and Ms Hines were spotted at the wedding of Matthew Kennedy, his nephew, and Katherine Manning at the Kennedy compound just last month.
The couple had kept a low profile during the ceremony, which attracted the likes of Senator John Kerry, by wearing dark clothing and sitting just one row from the back.
Extended family: Maria Shriver (left), a cousin to RFK Jr, was also present in the weekend's sun-filled activities, as was her daughter Katherine Schwarzenegger (right)
Relaxing: Ms Shriver's children, including Patrick (right) were seen walking the dock with their mother
It was rumored that Mary was driven to suicide because of increasing financial woes, a bitter divorce battle and the fact her estranged husband's relationship with Ms Hines had been increasingly 'flaunted' in her face.
The couple were pictured out together at various charity events and the actress tweeted pictures of herself with the Kennedy children and with Glenn Close, who was Mary Kennedy's best friend.
In a sealed court affidavit leaked to the press in June, RFK Jr countered that he had been a battered husband and that Mary had often threatened suicide in front of the children.
It was reported by the National Enquirer shortly after Mary hanged herself in the family barn that Ms Hines was so wracked with guilt over the situation that she wanted to end the relationship.
But the couple's show of unity ever since seems to have dispelled the possibility of a break-up.
Mary and RFK Jr had four children, Conor, Finny, Kyra, and Aidan, none of whom were home at the time of her death.
Property under dispute: An Honor Guard, seen on the porch, carries the casket of the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy across his home at the Kennedy compound on August 27, 2009
Banned: Patrick Schwarzenegger, left,
and Taylor Swift share a chuckle as they enjoy July 4th celebrations
at the Kennedy Family home, although Miss Swift was not allowed to stay at the Ted Kennedy mansion
RFK Jr continued to file multiple restraining orders against Mary and tried to get full custody of the children by claiming she was an unfit mother in the last months of her life, according to sources.
As for the legendary estate that housed the weekend's festivities, it was reported yesterday that remaining family members who own property at Hyannis Port will have to pay rent to the non-profit institution if they want to use the lawn, which is the central part of the 2.4-acre waterfront lot.
The institute is legally bound to charge rent and the home cannot be used as a family housing unit now that the property is under the control of a nonprofit entity.
'It is to be used for the purpose of holding educational seminars and forums,' Debra DeShong Reed, a spokeswoman for the EMK Institute, told the New York Post. 'It is not for rent by private individuals.'
The house is supposed to be used as a study and seminar center for scholars and researchers according to an arrangement that the senator made in his will.
But Edward M. Kennedy Jr. and Patrick Kennedy believe their stepmother is mishandling their father's creation of the $71million institute, which was the original home of Joseph and Rose Kennedy.
'The children feel totally left out,' a family friend of the Kennedy's told the Globe. 'Vicki totally controls the board.'