A distant cousin of the Duchess of Cornwall who was embroiled in one in all Britain’s longest-running divorce battles is assumed to have taken his own life in a London hotel room.
Charles Villiers and estranged spouse Emma Villiers hit headlines after turning into concerned in a dispute over whether or not their divorce ought to be settled in Scottish or English courts.
The couple separated in 2012 and filed for divorce in 2014, making their bitter marital battle one of many longest on report as on the time of his loss of life it was nonetheless unresolved.
The courtroom battle unfold throughout 5 completely different courts and 20 judges over eight years and at one level concerned a police investigation into allegations of bigamy towards Mrs Villiers – claims which had been later dismissed by detectives.
According to the Times, the 59-year-old was found dead by a housekeeper in a room on the Durrants Hotel in London’s Marylebone final week. It was additionally claimed that he had just lately been declared bankrupt.
The newspaper reviews that he had been staying on sofas after falling into monetary problem and had been staying on a good friend’s yacht in the Greek islands earlier this month.
But attributable to issues about his psychological well being, the good friend organized for Mr Villiers to fly again to the UK and go to a clinic.
Charles Villiers and estranged spouse Emma Villiers (pictured) hit headlines after turning into concerned in a dispute over whether or not their divorce ought to be settled in Scottish or English courts
Charles Villiers, a distant relative of the Duchess of Cornwall who was embroiled in one in all Britain’s longest-running divorce battles has taken his own life in a London hotel room. He is pictured exterior the Supreme Court in London in December 2019
Charles Villiers had spent eight years warring with his estranged spouse, Emma, in long-running authorized battles over upkeep funds. Pictured: Emma Villiers (proper) and Clarissa (left), their daughter
Aristocrat Charles Villiers is the cousin of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall (pictured on the Royal Cornwall Show on June 10)
Instead of going to the clinic, Mr Villiers checked into the Durrants Hotel final Wednesday and took his own life the next day, in accordance with the Times.
Mr Villiers, a distant cousin of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, had argued that as he and his estranged spouse had been divorcing in Scotland and may subsequently have monetary selections determined in a Scottish courtroom.
He additionally argued that the pair had lived in Scotland since their marriage in 1994. However, Mrs Villiers, moved to England following their separation.
In a landmark resolution, Supreme Court justices dominated towards Mr Villiers, who’s from Tyninghame, East Lothian.
The Supreme Court subsequently dominated that Mrs Villiers, who had demanded a £3.5million settlement from her former husband, may proceed along with her application for upkeep in England.
In March 2021, Mr Justice Mostyn, of the High Court’s household division, dominated that Mr Villiers was closely in debt and shouldn’t be required to pay upkeep.
Opera singer Heidi Innes (pictured with Charles) left the Scottish aristocrat in February
Charles Villiers and his then-partner Heidi at a ‘non-wedding’ get together to rejoice Heidi’s surname change in 2020
He said that Mr and Mrs Villiers had been left ‘financially ruined’ by the ‘horrible’ litigation and he suspected each had been additionally ‘psychologically broken’.
Emma Villiers exterior the Supreme Court in London in 2019
But Mrs Villiers persuaded Lord Justice Moylan, Lord Justice Coulson and Lord Justice Arnold to overturn the ruling on attraction.
The three judges determined that Mr Justice Mostyn had been fallacious to dismiss an application Mrs Villiers made for upkeep.
They had thought-about arguments at a Court of Appeal listening to in London in January and printed a ruling in June this year and reached the ‘clear conclusion’ that it had been fallacious to dismiss Mrs Villiers’ application.
Judges have heard how Mr and Mrs Villiers had lived at Milton House, a Georgian manor close to Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire. But the house was repossessed in 2015.
At the latest courtroom listening to, Mr Justice Mostyn mentioned each Mr and Mrs Villiers had made accusations towards the opposite after ‘love’ turned to ‘hatred’.
Mr Villiers, who’s a distant cousin of Camilla on his mom’s aspect, had been engaged to opera singer Heidi Innes, 45, however she ended their relationship in February this year.
Miss Innes, who had been with Mr Villiers for almost 5 years, mentioned: ‘It’s over for good. I’m glad I did not marry him formally. He’s not the person I believed he was all this time.
‘He’s imagined to be a gentleman however I do not assume he has behaved very properly.’
Mr and Mrs Villiers had lived at Milton House, a Georgian manor close to Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire. But the house was repossessed in 2015
The couple had been pressured to go away their rented cottage in Tyninghame in November after a tribunal ordered them to pay £18,000 in hire arrears, run up throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Following their departure from East Lothian, they moved to Budapest, in Hungary, the place she had purchased a small flat in 2020 with a view to it turning into a vacation let.
Mr Villiers’s mom was Elizabeth Keppel, the daughter of Viscount Bury, the son of the ninth Earl of Albermarle. Her mom was Lady Mairi Vane-Tempest-Stewart, the daughter of the seventh Marquess of Londonderry.
His household residence was Londonderry House, which was demolished in the Nineteen Sixties to make manner for the Londonderry Hotel in London’s Park Lane. The web site is now occupied by the Como Metropolitan.
The Times reviews that Mr Villiers was just lately declared bankrupt and had been staying on mates’ sofas on the time of his loss of life.
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