Camilla’s aristocratic relative accuses his wife of ‘divorce tourism’ and blames the EU for legal tangle as she fights for a share of his £5m family fortune in English courts
- Aristocrat Charles Villiers, 55, has accused his wife Emma of ‘divorce tourism’
- They lived in Dunbartonshire, Scotland, but she actually is pursuing the case in England
- Mr Villiers has had his fight on the £5million fortune to the Supreme Court
A relative of the Duchess of Cornwall has claimed to be ‘the only real man in western Europe that isn’t permitted to get divorced’.
Aristocrat Charles Villiers has accused his wife Emma of ‘divorce tourism’ – manipulating the courts so as to gain a more substantial share of his family fortune.
He blames the EU for the legal tangle. The publishing baron, 55, says Mrs Villiers &lsquo is;trying it on’ by pursuing a financial settlement in England, where in fact the courts are regarded as being more generous to wives, than in Scotland rather, where in fact the couple lived together for pretty much 2 decades and where divorce proceedings were initiated in 2014 following their separation.
Racehorse owner Mr Villiers lost a short legal bid to avoid his estranged wife using English divorce courts in her try to gain a more substantial share of his family fortune and it has taken his fight to the Supreme Court.
Emma Villiers (right), pictured with her daughter Clarissa Villiers (left), has been accused by husband Charles Villilers of ‘trying it on’ by pursuing a financial settlement in England
He says his wife moved from Milton House, their 18th century manor in Dunbartonshire, to Kensington, West London when their marriage broke down in 2012 after 17 years.
Mr Villiers – who has family links with Camilla through his mother Elizabeth Keppel, daughter of the Duchess’s grandmother Sonia Rosemary Keppel – claims this is an attempt to get a more impressive slice of his £5million family fortune.
Mrs Villiers had insisted that she and their 23-year-old daughter Clarissa need £10,month to call home on 000 a. Year a judge at the High Court in London ruled that Mrs Villiers was &lsquo in March last; resident&rsquo habitually; in England and approved a monthly £5,500 interim maintenance payment, pending finalisation of the divorce.
Mr Villiers took the case to the Court of Session in Scotland, arguing an English judge had to intervene in a Scottish divorce no.
He claimed that EU laws on maintenance, which treat Scotland and England as separate states, were to be blamed for the logjam. But Timothy Scott QC, for Mrs Villiers, said that it did matter that the divorce was begun in Scotland in terms of maintenance, saying: ‘As a matter of EU law no bearing is had by them on one another.’
After having his appeal rejected in June, Mr Villiers has submitted a credit card applicatoin to the Supreme Court. He was declared bankrupt in 2013.
Aristocrat Charles Villiers (pictured), 55, lost a short legal bid to avoid his estranged wife using English divorce courts in her bid to get a more substantial share of his family fortune
Although he was discharged from bankruptcy the next year, the grouped family seat was repossessed in 2015. However, Mrs Villiers’ lawyers claim he could be from penniless and insist he’s got family money far, including a half share in a £3.5million trust fund inherited from his grandmother.
They say his wealth ‘could be much more’ in case a London flat held by way of a family-controlled company is taken into account.
Mrs Villiers is arguing that her husband gets the methods to provide her demands by experiencing his inherited wealth. But Mr Villiers insists he has no immediate access to the grouped family trust fund – that is controlled by trustees – and contains provided generously for his daughter already.
‘I’m a victim,’ he said. ‘My partner has found a loophole which means she may take her claim for additional money to England where she hopes to be granted maintenance forever. And while all of this is happening my entire life is on hold. I have to function as only man in western Europe that isn’t permitted to get divorced.
‘I on desire to move, get remarried and also have more children but I can’t because Scottish law states that financial matters should be resolved before a couple of can divorce. That isn’t the entire case in England. In matters of economy and trade England and Scotland are treated because the same country, however in divorce law they’re not. It’s a nonsense.
‘I’ve found myself in times where I can’t get divorced as the law means I must take action in Scotland because that’s where we lived as a couple of, but my partner may use an English court to obtain additional maintenance then.’
Milton House in Dunbartonshire, Scotland, the former house in Scotland of aristocrat Charles Villiers and his wife Emma Villiers where that they had lived together for just two decades
They separated in 2012 and he launched divorce proceedings in Scotland as Scots law states that matters of marital separation should be heard in exactly the same country the couple lived. But as Mrs Villiers lives in England now, the statutory law means she actually is in a position to apply English law to her divorce.
In her Appeal Court ruling in June, Lady Justice King said the divorce action in Scotland related ‘and then the status’ of Mrs and Mr Villiers as a married couple.
Mrs Villiers hadn’t made a maintenance claim in Scotland and was ‘entitled to choose&rsquo perfectly; to take action in England.
Mr Villiers said: ‘I’m confidence that the Supreme Court are certain to get everything straightened out and I am hoping they send the bill to the EU for tying up the courts in this manner.’
Mrs Villiers cannot be reached for comment.
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