Duchess Camilla’s distant cousin found dead aged 59 | Entertainment

A distant cousin of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall is said to have died by suicide.

Charles Villiers, 59 – whose late mother was a cousin of the 75-year-old royal – was found dead after being bankrupted amid one of the longest divorce cases in UK history .

Her body was discovered by a housekeeper in a room at the £300-a-night Durrants Hotel in London’s affluent Marylebone.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said officers were alerted by the London Ambulance Service on August 18 to a body at a hotel in George Street, west London.

The death is being investigated but has not been treated as a suspect.

They said: “At the scene a male, aged in his 50s, was found deceased.

“At this time, the man’s death is considered unexpected. It has been investigated and is not suspicious.”

Charles – who worked in publishing – was broke due to excessive divorce bills and his house was seized in 2015.

He separated from ex-wife Emma Villiers in 2012 and divorce papers were filed in 2014.

A disagreement between the two men over where their child support payment hearings should take place led to the case dragging on for eight years.

Charles wanted the hearings to take place in Scotland, as they had lived together for nearly three decades as a married couple on an estate near Dumbarton.

However, Emma wanted the hearings to take place in England.

It is claimed that she would have received a much larger settlement in England.

She asked for a settlement of £3.5million.

However, the High Court ruled last year that Charles was unable to pay child support due to financial hardship and that both parties had been “psychologically damaged” by the case.

However, it didn’t stop there, the Court of Appeal overturned this and Charles was made to pay Emma £10,000 a year.

A year earlier he was engaged to singer Heidi Innes, 45, but the relationship ended after she accused him of failing to contribute to the rent of an £18,000-a-month cottage in which they lived.

Charles was left homeless and ended up crashing on the sofa of his old friend Philippa Snowdon, who remembered Charles as ‘lovely’ and admitted she believed he had done his best to ensure that his death would cause him “no pain”.

The 80-year-old told The Times: “He was lovely, he loved helping people and he was the perfect guest.

“The divorce was horrible and really upset him, and what worried him the most was the loss of contact with his daughter.

“He was so considerate to the very last, he carefully orchestrated his death to avoid hurting me.”


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