Although the couple cannot be named, the judge offered several clues about their identity. The husband’s ancestors accumulated great wealth and included prominent military commanders.
His family ‘made a large contribution to the life of the nation in the 19th century’, and his grandfather invested the proceeds of the family business into a ‘well-known merchant bank’.
His grandparents bought an Oxfordshire estate in the 1940s, with a 15-bedroom Grade II-listed mansion, 11-acre gardens and 1,500 acres of farmland.
The husband inherited the estate in 1983, when he was 25 and studying rural estate management at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, and the couple married a year later.
They had five children but their marriage was said to have been unhappy for ‘some long time’ before they separated in 2010, and the husband claimed they had each formed ‘other attachments’.
Mrs Justice Baron said: ‘The wife learned of the husband’s relationship with a young artist/singer who the husband told me has no assets.
‘The husband is very enamoured of her and set her up in an establishment in Chelsea… At the end of this divorce the husband hopes she will move to the estate.