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Boris Johnson reaches financial settlement with estranged wife Marina Wheeler

Ms Wheeler and Mr Johnson married in 1993 and have four children. They separated in 2018.

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Boris Johnson and Marina Wheeler have reached a financial settlement following their separation (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Boris Johnson and Marina Wheeler have reached a financial settlement following their separation (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Boris Johnson and Marina Wheeler have reached a financial settlement following their separation (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his estranged wife Marina Wheeler have reached an agreement relating to the division of money after separating two years ago, a family court judge has been told.

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

Neither Mr Johnson nor Ms Wheeler were at the hearing.

Both had legal representation at the court.

Ms Wheeler and Mr Johnson married in 1993 and have four children. They separated  in 2018.

Mr Johnson, 55, has been dating Carrie Symonds, 31, since last year and the couple now live together in Downing Street.

Tuesday’s hearing lasted 10 minutes.

Mr Johnson was represented by Neil Russell and Ms Wheeler by Lucy Stone QC.

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

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.

Judge Gibbons gave Ms Wheeler permission to apply for the decree absolute “out of time”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson now lives in Downing Street with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds (Yui Mok/PA)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson now lives in Downing Street with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds (Yui Mok/PA)

Rules say applications for a decree absolute must be made within 12 months of the granting on an initial divorce decree, a decree nisi.

Applicants have to tell a judge why there has been a delay if an application is made outside that 12-month period.

The rules are explained on the https://www.gov.uk/divorce/apply-for-a-decree-absolute website.

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

Members of the public were barred from attending the hearing.

But reporters were allowed to attend and the judge imposed limits on what journalists could report.

She said reports of the case should not identify any child nor give detail of financial information.

She asked reporters for their views on what should be reported.

The couple announced that they had separated and were going through the process of divorce in September 2018 – saying that “as friends we will continue to support our four children in the years ahead”.

The ten-minute hearing was held in private at the Central Family Court, in  central London (Nick Ansell/PA)
The ten-minute hearing was held in private at the Central Family Court, in central London (Nick Ansell/PA)

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.

He 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 and he married Ms Wheeler later that year. The couple have two sons and two daughters.

Mr Johnson 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.

Last year Ms Wheeler, a QC, revealed she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer but considered herself to now be free of the disease.

Mr Johnson and Ms Wheeler were listed by their full names on court paperwork.

Marina Claire Wheeler was named as the “petitioner” and “applicant”.

Alexander Boris De Pfeffel Johnson was named as the “respondent”.

The case was one of six listed before the judge in Court 21 at the Central Family Court on Tuesday.

PA