cousin of the Duchess of Cornwall has been discovered useless in a London resort room in a suspected suicide, simply weeks after dropping the newest stage of one in every of Britain’s longest-running divorce battles.
Charles Villiers, 59, has been locked in a grim authorized battle together with his spouse Emma, 62, since 2014, with a decide concluding the bitter dispute had left them each “financially ruined” and doubtless struggling “psychological harm”.
In June Mr Villiers – who insisted he was nearly penniless – was ordered to pay £10,000 in upkeep to his spouse as Courtroom of Enchantment judges criticised his “appalling conduct” within the divorce struggle.
The aristocrat, lately declared bankrupt and reportedly sleeping on mates’ sofas, was discovered useless on Thursday final week at his room on the four-star Durrants Resort, in Marylebone.
Scotland Yard known as his demise “not suspicious” and mentioned a file is now being handed to the coroner.
Mr Villiers, a distant cousin of Camilla Parker Bowles, lived together with his spouse in an 18th Century Georgian mansion in Dumbarton throughout their marriage and he believed their divorce must be settled in Scotland.
However he misplaced a landmark struggle which went all the way in which to the Supreme Courtroom, as Mrs Villiers insisted the English courts ought to oversee the monetary dispute.
In a ruling final March, Mr Justice Mostyn lamented how Mr Villiers had “vented his spleen” with a collection of allegations in opposition to his spouse, making the unfounded declare that she is a bigamist and calling her “a fraudster, a fantasist and customarily ineffective”.
“The spouse, with some justification, has accused the husband of being dishonest, manipulative, vindictive and bullying. However she isn’t past criticism herself”, he mentioned, discovering she had pursued the divorce case “in a totally disproportionate method”.
“The results of this horrible litigation, which has endured for practically six years, is that each events are actually financially ruined and, I think, psychologically broken.”
Within the final courtroom ruling, judges adjourned for an investigation into whether or not Mr Villiers had secretly benefitted from his late father’s will.
He had been staying on a buddy’s yacht within the Greek islands and flew to the UK final week, earlier than checking into the Durrants Resort, the Instances reported.
Paramedics had been known as out at 1.11pm final Thursday to reviews of an “unresponsive man” who was subsequently declared useless, mentioned the Met Police, including: “Presently the person’s demise is being handled as surprising. It has been investigated and isn’t suspicious. A file will probably be ready for the coroner.”