Former Manchester United and Wales star Ryan Giggs’s estranged wife Stacey has been granted a divorce.
Mrs Giggs, 39, was granted a decree nisi during brief proceedings in central London on Friday.
Their names appeared as Giggs SA v RJ in a short list of other couples for the “making of a decree or order” under matrimonial and civil partnership proceedings by District Judge Yvonne Gibson at the Central Family Court in High Holborn.
Giggs and Stacey Cooke married in September 2007 and have two children. Neither party was present to hear the judge formally grant the decree.
Once a decree nisi has been granted, a divorce petitioner has to wait six weeks and a day to apply for a decree “absolute”.
James Brown, a partner with Hall Brown Family Law who is acting for Mrs Giggs, said she was determined to finalise all outstanding aspects of her divorce with as little attention as possible for the sake of her family.
Mr Brown said: “Mrs Giggs’ primary focus has always been and will continue to be the welfare of her family.
“Her only interest is in bringing these events to as swift and amicable a conclusion as possible, so that she and her family can move on.
“Divorce is a very personal process and she wishes to emphasise once more her request that her family be allowed to complete it in privacy.”