Blue Blood Sees Red

Earl Spencer, the brother of the late Princess Diana, is a two-time loser when it comes to divorce court. His first wife Victoria received a generous award for herself and their four children, courtesy of the South African justice system. But it is his latest divorce from second wife Caroline that has him seeing red.

The Earl retained one of Britain’s foremost divorce lawyers, Sir Nicholas Mostyn, nicknamed “The Payout”. In Earl Spencer’s recent lawsuit against Mostyn, now a Judge of the English High Court, the Earl alleges that Mostyn advised him that the High Court would hear his divorce case from Caroline in privacy. On that basis, the Earl was prepared to battle it out before Lord Justice Munby, said to be a close friend of Mostyn’s.

Unfortunately, when the trial began Lord Justice Munby refused to hear the divorce case unless it was conducted in open court. Apparently, new laws had been enacted which disallowed private hearings in divorce cases.

The Earl alleges that because he was not advised of this by his lawyers, he was forced to settle the case with Caroline for a million pounds more than she would likely have received at trial. Mrs. Spencer No. 2 received 5.5 million pounds in the settlement.

But Earl Spencer not only wants compensation for the alleged negligence of his legal team, he also wants “sweet revenge”.

In his court action against Sir Mostyn, the Earl referred to an email sent to him by Mostyn wherein the lawyer and gentleman farmer declared that he was naming his sow’s seven piglets after the learned trial judge James Munby and Munby’s personality characteristics: James, Munby, Pompous, Self-Regarding, Publicity, Seeking and Pillock.

Sir Mostyn’s legal advisors are now saying that their client’s email to the Earl was just a way of placating a disappointed litigant.

By the way, “pillock” means “a person that is not very bright”.

Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang

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6 thoughts on “Blue Blood Sees Red

  1. Lawdiva:

    Do you know why the Earl didn’t want the divorce hearing public?? Well, as the not-yet-ex wife of a chronic PTSD US Army officer who presented himself as a Borderline Narcissistic Psychopath, who is now enlightened and aware, I have a pretty good idea.

    I read somewhere that Princess Diana was thought to have Borderline Personality Disorder — the Waif version from her public demeanor. Well, those types of people don’t just happen, they are made and of course, her brother, the Earl was raised in the same family. The male version of the Borderline is like living with a raged filled “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” And, if he was physically abused as a child, not just physically and emotionally neglected, then the rage he had to stuff back inside of himself as a child comes out in situations where he knows he is in control and in secret, like in his own home with his own wives/children.

    Guaranteed the women he was married to are also from dysfunctional homes where they learned to tip-toe around someone in order to have peace. We learn to monitor ourselves constantly in order to manage someone else’s behavior. Why? you ask??? Well, if you are raised like that, and its all in secret and no ever tells you that having to live like that is wrong or it’s not acknowledged, then the feelings we get when we are with certain people are identical to the feelings we have children – the vibes. This feels comfortable because we are never told its dysfunctional. So, we repeat it over and over until we (the receivers) fix ourselves and stop trying and insisting to fix those we allow around us.

    Women who aren’t trapped out of lack of money won’t stay with a man like the Earl very long – the first wife wanted to stay, I’m sure, like I did, somewhat out of pride and ego – we who seem perfect on the outside – always so together – perfect wife, perfect mother, yadayada…… But, we can’t pretend forever, especially when he becomes threatening and physically abusive…. Of course, emotional abuse we don’t even recognize because we were raised with it.

    When my son, 20, was 12 yrs old, he was complaining about some immature, hurtful thing his dad had done (this was before I knew of the physical abuse of his father), and I told him, “you make your bed and you lie in it!” He responded with all the innocence and truth of the highly intelligent child he was, “why don’t you just get a new bed!!” THAT was the first time I had ever given thought to divorce.

    He saved me. His father was eventually arrrested outside my hiding house, even though there was a Civil Order of Protection in place that included all four children, which he had breached thousands of time with phone calls, texts w death threats, recorded verbal beatdowns, voicemail death threats….. His Army commander had taken away a long-range sniper rifle from him and cut him lose. When he arrived, he had a torture kit in his car -all brand new- bolt cutters, time nippers, sledge hammer, ball pein hammer, zip ties (Army handcuffs) for all of us, duct tape, big bag of pills, all in a black duffel bag on the floor of the front passenger seat.

    I woke up in time to save myself and my kids. The Earl’s wives got out too – with money but the Earl got away with his pride and ego entact to go and find another victim. Many, many women never make it out….. they either die on the inside — like a lifeless puppet — or, like too many, we end up dead.

    I didn’t make the headlines. Yet.

    1. A man or a woman who abuses his/her spouse and children, either physically, mentally or emotionally deserves society’s most rigorous censure. For too long the legal system has chosen to ignore the devastating effects of family violence and that must change.

      In British Columbia, the government’s recommendations to amend sections of the Family Relations Act directly targets family violence. See the bc government website at ministry of the attorney general.

      Thank you for your contribution to Lawdiva’s blog.

  2. Reblogged this on Parents Rights Blog and commented:
    Earl Spencer, the brother of the late Princess Diana, is a two-time loser when it comes to divorce court. His first wife Victoria received a generous award for herself and their four children, courtesy of the South African justice system. But it is his latest divorce from second wife Caroline that has him seeing red.

    The Earl retained one of Britain’s foremost divorce lawyers, Sir Nicholas Mostyn, nicknamed “The Payout”. In Earl Spencer’s recent lawsuit against Mostyn, now a Judge of the English High Court, the Earl alleges that Mostyn advised him that the High Court would hear his divorce case from Caroline in privacy. On that basis, the Earl was prepared to battle it out before Lord Justice Munby, said to be a close friend of Mostyn’s.

    Unfortunately, when the trial began Lord Justice Munby refused to hear the divorce case unless it was conducted in open court. Apparently, new laws had been enacted which disallowed private hearings in divorce cases.

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