Camillas cousin found dead in London hotel after lengthy divorce battle

A distant cousin of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has been found dead in a hotel room, according to reports.

Charles Villiers, 59, was found deceased in a London hotel, reports The Times, after he was embroiled in a lengthy divorce battle with his estranged wife Emma, 62, in what was branded as one of "Britain's longest-running divorce battles".

The pair separated a decade ago and filed for divorce in 2014.

According to the publication, Charles was discovered by a housekeeper in a room at the Durrants Hotel, Marylebone, west London, last week.

It has been reported that the late 59 year old took his own life and had been struggling with his mental health prior to his passing.

He was a distant cousin of Camilla's on her mother's side of the family.

Charles' divorce is said to have played out in five different courts before 12 judges.

He had lived in a mansion boasting a private loch near Dumbarton, Scotland, for the majority of his married life to Emma, but the property went on to be repossessed in 2015.

In the wake of their separation, Emma filed for divorce in England while Charles filed with the Scottish courts, sparking the years-long dispute over which courts it should be settled in.

He went on to accuse his wife of bigamy and lying about her age – a claim he took directly to Police Scotland's Chief Constable Iain Livingston.

Last year the Supreme Court ruled that Emma could continue her £10,000-a-month divorce application in England against her estranged husband.

Their decision came after Mr Justice Mostyn of the High Court's family division ruled Charles was in such bad financial difficulties he should be able to forego paying maintenance to Emma.

He also ruled that both Emma and Charles had been left "financially ruined" by the "terrible" litigation and he suspected both were also "psychologically damaged".

According to reports, Charles had been declared bankrupt and, as of earlier month, had been staying on a friend's boat on a Greek island.

The friend grew concerned about Charles' mental welfare however, and advised him to fly back to the UK to seek help.

Instead of going to a clinic, he checked in to a hotel was found dead the following day.

During the course of his turbulent divorce with his ex, Charles had got engaged to opera singer Heidi Innes.

They called time on their relationship in February after five years of dating.

Samaritans offer 24/7 support for people experiencing suicidal thoughts and mental health difficulties. Visit their website or call 116 123.


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