AN ARISTOCRAT has lost a battle to have his estranged wife’s maintenance payments decided in Scotland, rather than England — where he believes she might get a more generous settlement.
Charles Villiers, 54, argued financial arrangements should be settled by courts north of the border that were handling his divorce from Emma (pictured).
But his wife — who moved to England after leaving their home near Dumbarton in 2012 — disagreed. She yesterday won backing from the Court of Appeal, which ruled divorce proceedings in Scotland and a money fight in England were not ‘related actions’.
After quitting seven-bedroom manor Milton House, Mrs Villiers, 58, lived first near Oxford and then in London.
She made a claim against her husband at the High Court, which ordered him to pay her £2,500 a month until the row over where the case should be heard was settled.
Yesterday’s ruling came after Mr Villiers put questions to the appeal court at a March hearing.
They included: ‘Why should a spouse who moved south get better alimony payments than one who stayed in Scotland and asked a judge in Scotland to make decisions?’
The publisher, grandson of a viscount and a distant relation of the Duchess of Cornwall, told the court he had suffered financial problems since the break-up.
He was declared bankrupt in 2013 before being discharged a year later, and Milton House was repossessed by Barclays in 2015, he said.
But Mrs Villiers says he has a share in a £3.5million trust fund.