The divorce court today closed one of the most famous break ups in just 65 seconds when Ben Goldsmith, the son of billionaire financier Sir James, and wife Kate had fought a war of insults on Twitter.
Their nine year old marriage was finally given a burial when Deputy District Judge Felicity Crowther granted a divorce nisi in court 5 of the First Avenue House annexe of the High Court in High Holborn.
The decree absolute or divorce nisi is the legal document that ends a marriage for which one needs to wait at least 6 weeks after the date of the decree nisi before one can apply for a decree absolute. The delay gives the parties a chance to discuss finances and other issues with their spouses before the marriage comes to an end.
The case of Goldsmith BJ v KE was in the middle of 26 couples seeking divorce in the morning list. But neither of the pair was present in the court.
The acrimonious relationship had reached crisis point last June when Mr Goldsmith, who inherited £300 million, was arrested at their £20 million home in Kensington.
He was suspected of assaulting his wife in a confrontation over texts and emails between her and US rapper Electronica.
Mr Goldsmith, 32, accepted a police caution and was released but announced he was filing for divorce on the grounds of his wife’s adultery.
The following week the couple exchanged twitter insults which were read around the world. He described her as “appalling” while she said her life had been “saved” by the rapper.
Just when the couple, who have three children, ended the feud the rapper issued a warning to Mr Goldsmith that he was ready to come and see him.
But after the spat over the social website they conducted the split in a calmer fashion and were recently seen chatting apparently amicably at a memorial service.
Mrs Goldsmith, 30 who received £18 million on the death of her father Amschel Rothschild, is still in a relationship with Electronica.
But still lives in her ex-husband’s multi million pound house in Kensington with their three children.
The record company owner was not in the country for the fast divorce as she too was understood to be away. It was apparent she was not home when a man who went to pick up the children to take them to school was told by a staff member that the mother of the children was abroad.