Boris Johnson Divorce With Indian-origin Wife Finalised, First UK PM To Do So While In Office

File Photo of Boris Johnson With ex- wife Marina Wheeler - Sakshi Post

LONDON: Boris Johnson has become the first British Prime Minister to divorce while in office in 250 years as papers filed by his Indian-origin ex-wife Marina Wheeler earlier this year were granted recently.

The 55-year-old had announced his engagement with fiancee Carrie Symonds soon after the decree absolute was filed in February. Symonds, 32, who moved into Downing Street with Boris Johnson in July last year, gave birth to their baby boy Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson last Wednesday.

According to the ‘Daily Mirror', Johnson's divorce from Wheeler, his second wife, was finalised with the grant of the decree just before the birth of the baby on April 29.

Wheeler, whose mother Dip Singh hailed from Punjab, is a barrister and columnist who has four grown up children with Johnson. Wheeler, who has previously written about surviving cancer, is due to publish ‘The Lost Homestead' about her mother, who married her father, BBC foreign correspondent Charles Wheeler, in 1962.

On February 18, she obtained permission from the Central Family Court in London to apply for a decree absolute, the legal document ending a marriage.

The newspaper believes the paperwork was filed “immediately” and it is believed Johnson and Wheeler could each end up with 4 million pounds from the divorce settlement.

Johnson's first marriage was to socialite Allegra Mostyn-Owen, between 1987 and 1993. With his latest divorce, he has become the first British Prime Minister to divorce while in office since Augustus FitzRoy, the Duke of Grafton, back in 1769.(With inputs from PTI)

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