Boris Johnson reaches financial agreement with estranged wife Marina Wheeler, court hears

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and estranged wife Marina Wheeler have reached a financial agreement, a London family court judge has been told.

Judge Sarah Gibbons oversaw the private hearing in the Central Family Court in London on Tuesday.

Neither Mr Johnson nor Ms Wheeler were at the hearing but both were represented by barristers.

Ms Wheeler, a high-flying QC, married Mr Johnson in 1993 and separated from him two years ago.

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a window: Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler (PA Archive/PA Images)© Provided by Evening Standard Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler (PA Archive/PA Images)

The 54-year-old is the second wife of Mr Johnson, 55, and they share four children.

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The PM has been dating Carrie Symonds, 31, since last year and the couple now live together in Downing Street.

At Tuesday’s 10-minute hearing, Mr Johnson was represented by Neil Russell and Ms Wheeler by Lucy Stone QC.

Boris Johnson standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds wave from the steps of number 10 Downing Street (AP)© Provided by Evening Standard Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds wave from the steps of number 10 Downing Street (AP)

The case number showed that Mr Johnson and Ms Wheeler had been involved in a dispute relating to money or assets.

It was listed as Wheeler v Johnson on public court lists and that listing showed that Ms Wheeler had begun litigation and made an application.

Judge Gibbons approved a written consent order.

She also gave Ms Wheeler the go-ahead to apply for a divorce decree which would bring the marriage to an end – a Decree Absolute.

The couple announced they were divorcing after 25 years of marriage in September 2018, adding that they had separated “some time ago”.

In a statement at the time, they added: “As friends we will continue to support our four children in the years ahead”.

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie walking on a sidewalk: Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler announced their divorce in 2018. (PA Archive/PA Images)© Provided by Evening Standard Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler announced their divorce in 2018. (PA Archive/PA Images)

Ms Wheeler was apointed to the Queen’s Council in 2016 and specialises in human rights within public law.

Mr Johnson was a childhood friend of Ms Wheeler – the daughter of BBC journalist Charles Wheeler – when they were both pupils at the European School in Brussels.

The mother-of-four revealed she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer in May 2019.

Mr Johnson met his first wife Allegra Mostyn-Owen while they were students at Oxford, and they wed in 1987, but the marriage was annulled in 1993.

He has repeatedly come under scrutiny over his personal life.

The Appeal Court ruled in 2013 that the public had a right to know that he had fathered a daughter during an adulterous liaison while Mayor of London in 2009.

In 2004 he was sacked from the Tory frontbench over a reported affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt.

Source: Standard.co.uk

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