Wheeler, whose mother Dip Singh was from Punjab
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finalised his divorce from his Indian-origin ex-wife.
Divorce papers had been filed by Marina Wheeler in early 2020. They have now been granted and he has become the first British Prime Minister in 250 years to divorce while in office.
This means he is free to marry his fiancee Carrie Symonds. Johnson had announced his engagement to her soon after the decree absolute was filed in February 2020.
Symonds moved to Downing Street with Johnson in July 2019.
She gave birth to their baby boy on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. They named him Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, last Wednesday.
It was reported that Johnson’s divorce from Wheeler, his second wife, was finalised with the grant of the decree just before the birth of his son.
Wheeler, whose mother Dip Singh was from Punjab, is a barrister and columnist, has four grown-up children with Johnson.
On February 18, Wheeler obtained permission from the Central Family Court in London to apply for a decree absolute, the legal document ending a marriage.
It is believed the documents were filed “immediately”.
It is also believed that Boris Johnson and Wheeler could each end up with £4 million from the divorce settlement.
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.
Boris Johnson first got married to socialite Allegra Mostyn-Owen between 1987 and 1993.
With his divorce, Johnson has become the first British Prime Minister to divorce while in the office since Augustus FitzRoy, the Duke of Grafton, back in 1769.
The Prime Minister is currently planning to lead the UK out of lockdown, shortly after recovering from Coronavirus.
He had been in intensive care after his Coronavirus symptoms worsened. Cabinet colleagues confirmed that he had received oxygen treatment but he was not on a ventilator.
The PM was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital with “persistent symptoms” on April 5, 2020.
Many sent messages of support to the Prime Minister during his recovery.
US President Donald Trump had opened his daily Coronavirus conference with a tribute:
“I want to send best wishes to a very good friend of mine, and a friend to our nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“We are very saddened to hear that he was taken into intensive care this afternoon.
“Americans are all praying for his recovery – he’s been a really good friend and something very special: strong, resolute, doesn’t quit, doesn’t give up.”
Chancellor Rishi Sunak tweeted: “I know he’ll be getting the best care possible and will come out of this even stronger.”