Duchess of Cornwall's relative accuses wife of lying about her age when they married - denying him the chance of more children

Crystal Jones
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Mr Villiers' late mother was a cousin of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Mr Villiers' late mother was a cousin of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

An aristocrat and relative of the Duchess of Cornwall has accused his wife of lying about her age in an ongoing divorce battle, which he claims denied him more children.

Charles Villiers, 58, has been embroiled in a six-year divorce case that has so far played out in five different courts and before twelve judges.

The couple, who share 25-year-old daughter Clarissa, married in 1994 and Charles has said he believed his wife to be 35 at the time.

He has made various claims of dishonesty from his ex wife in court, the most serious of which was when he accused her of bigamy, which she vehemently denied.

As part of the ongoing legal battle, he now claims to have unearthed new evidence on one of his wife's previous marriage certificates which would mean she was in fact 40 when they tied the knot, according to the Sunday Times. 

Mr Villiers told the newspaper: "Most of my friends were in their thirties at the time, with wives of similar age and additional children kept appearing for them.

"I couldn't understand what the problem conceiving additional children was. Now I know.

"I'm left in the situation that my wife might still try to claim millions of pounds off me, soley owing to the fact that we were married when, arguably, she married me under false pretences as I believed she was in her thirties, not in her forties in 1994, almost past child-bearing.”

Mr Villiers went on to state that his wife did not wish to celebrate milestone birthdays, which he found "bizarre", before adding: "If it was a genuine error made in the creation of a marriage certificate document, not one word of explanation has ever been offered to me by Emma in 27 years."

An electoral role registers Mrs Villiers as being born in 1958, which would make her current age 62, and 35 when they married.

Charles was married to Emma for 18 years and shared his seven-bedroom Scottish manor before the relationship soured
Charles was married to Emma for 18 years and shared his seven-bedroom Scottish manor before the relationship soured

An exasperated Supreme Court judge said in March: "This has been a case where love has turned to hatred to an extraordinary degree" with "hours" being wasted "picking over ancient grievances."

Mr Villiers' late mother was a cousin of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, making him a second cousin to the Royal.

The bitter divorce battle has so far cost the Scottish aristocrat Mr Villers up to an estimated £10,000 a week in legal fees.

The pair were married for 18 years and shared his seven-bedroom Scottish manor and loch and ten acres of land before the relationship soured and she moved to London.

Emma then filed for half of his £35milion family trust fund - which Mr Villiers' states is for his daughter and any future children he may have.

In 2015, the High Court in London ordered Villiers' to pay his wife £5,500 per month but he has not done so and has continued to take the fight to the Supreme Court.

Judge Mostyn ruled in March that Mr Villiers is in debt and should not have to pay up. He now hopes to have the marriage annulled without any financial settlement at Dumbarton Sheriff Court.

Mrs Villiers legal representatives did not respond to requests for comment. 

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