Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi promise “swift and amicable” divorce

Nigella LawsonTV chef Nigella Lawson and estranged husband Charles Saatchi have promised a swift and amicable divorce”.

The undefended fast track process will proceed to a decree nisi, the penultimate stage in a divorce, on July 31, with neither party making a financial claim against the other.

In a joint statement, the couple said advertising tycoon Saatchi has not consulted a lawyer and will be representing himself during the proceedings.

The statement concluded:

“Both parties would appreciate privacy for themselves and their children at this difficult time.”

Last month, controversial photographs showing Saatchi with his hands around his wife’s throat outside a London restaurant appeared in the media. Saatchi accepted a police caution, and subsequently announced plans to divorce Nigella, reportedly without telling her first. Describing the decision as “heartbreaking”, the 70 year-old insisted that he had never abused his wife and said he was disappointed she had made no public statements in his defence.

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