Friday, March 19, 2010

Lord Milford Haven files for divorce

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March 19, 1958

The Marquess of Milford Haven, 38, first cousin to the Duke of Edinburgh, "today petitioned the London divorce court" to declare that his marriage to Romaine Simpson, 33, "has been validly dissolved," according to the Chicago Daily Tribune.

There is a doubt that a divorce obtained by Lady Milford Haven in Juarez, Mexico, in May 1954 is valid in Britain. Lord Milford Haven is also seeking an English divorce.

The couple was married in Washington, D.C., in 1950.
Lady Milford Haven obtained the divorce on the grounds of "incompatibility."
She had abandoned "an earlier divorce petition in New York," where she named Hungarian actress, Eva Bartok, as the other woman. The Marquess filed a countersuit, alleging that his wife had an affair with Long Island polo player, Walter A. Micholis.

Lord Milford Haven is a great-grandson of Queen Victoria and the nephew of Earl Mountbatten of Burma. He has been a frequent escort of Miss Bartok, and they are expected to wed after he receives his divorce. After the wedding, Lord Milford Haven is expected to adopt Eva's six-month-old daughter, Deana Grazia. Miss Bartok has refused to name the father of the child, "born out of wedlock."

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