Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, was not only written and discussed, but was also photographed a lot at social events and always wore her three pearl necklaces. It`s her story, her celebrity status and exactly the same pearl necklaces that came back to haunt her during the divorce case. The divorce came after five years of alienation and was remarkable for the way it unfolded in the press. “It should be a divorce hearing. But it became a trial,” series creator Sarah Phelps told Vanity Fair about the 11-day trial. The Duke obtained a divorce for Margaret`s adultery and she was ordered to pay seven-eighths of the legal bill of £50,000. Meanwhile, nothing has been said about Ian`s own affairs or his subsequent remarriage to Mathilda Mortimer, a wealthy American, six weeks later. These changes are intended to simplify the procedure and promote a more constructive approach to the process, rather than one that depends on “guilt”, as in the case of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll and Duke Ian Campbell. At the same time, it is hoped that these new rules will encourage couples to focus more on solving important issues such as finances, property and children.
Nor is the defendant`s claim that the agreement on the “first option” should have been a factor in the evaluation of the action. Subsequently, the defendant did not testify as to how the agreement should have been examined, nor can he cite cases where a “first option” agreement of a certain amount is decisive for the purposes of valuing the actions for the purposes of marital dissolution. In a divorce action, a “first option” agreement or other age or redemption arrangement is not determinative of the value of the marital stock. Such agreements generally do not provide for evaluation for these purposes. Cf. In re Marriage of Morris, Mo., 588 S.W.2d 39, 43 (1979); Suther vs. Suther, 28 Wash. App. 838, 844-45, 627 pp.2d 110, 113 (1981). Netflix`s Claire Foy The Crown plays Duchess Margaret Whigham, a glamorous celebrity whose extramarital affairs were brought to light by her husband, played by Paul Bettany, who posted compromising photos of his wife to get the divorce.
The true story behind the drama series was equally salacious – intimate details of the couple`s romantic history were scrutinized by the press and the public during the case. By today`s standards, Argyll`s divorce reflects the issues of institutional misogyny, sexual shame and aristocratic extravagance that gripped Britain in the 1960s. Lord Alvaney, CJ, said of a divorced woman who was called upon to prove a contract made during marriage: “To prove every fact that occurs after divorce, this lady is a competent witness, but not [before]. At the time, he was bound to secrecy. What she did could be a consequence of the trust placed in her. And the condition of a husband would indeed be miserable if, in the divorce of a wife from him, perhaps because of his own misconduct, all the confidences of his life entrusted to him, as the most perfect and unlimited trust between them, were to be revealed in court. If she could be a witness in a civil case, she could also be a witness in a lawsuit; and it must never be tolerated that the trust that the law has created, while the parties have remained in the most intimate of all relationships, be broken every time the relationship has been dissolved by the misconduct of a party (because only misconduct can have this effect). The reason for the rejection could not have been to avoid a burden or embarrassment in an existing conjugal relationship, since that relationship had been determined by divorce. [It may] only be that there was a sanctity in the conjugal relationships of trust themselves, which made it an inadmissible subject of proof in legal proceedings. I conclude that the court`s concern was that no conjugal relationship, as long as it existed, should be infected with fear or suspicion that things said solely because of the particular trust of that relationship could belatedly become substantial legal evidence concerning the speaker. 14 Margaret Campbell, Lady Caroline Norton, and Lady Harriet Mordaunt were not unique: there were thousands of women like her who were judged by a sexist legal system and humiliated by a misogynistic society. The politicians, judges, lawyers, lawyers, and journalists who created and defended social norms were (and remain) predominantly men, and they did not hesitate to publicly shame and punish women who did not comply.
Within a few years, the marriage broke down. The Duke was known to be addicted to alcohol, gambling and prescription drugs, and was described as physically violent and emotionally abusive by his first two wives, whose money he tried to use to get Inveraray Castle.  He suspects the Duchess of infidelity and, while in New York, hires a locksmith to open a closet in his mayfair home, 48 Upper Grosvenor Street. . The evidence uncovered led to the divorce case in 1963, in which the Duke accused his wife of infidelity and included a series of Polaroid photos of the Duchess naked, with the exception of her characteristic three-stranded pearl necklace, accompanied by another man. There were also photos of the Duchess falling a naked man whose face was not shown. It has been speculated that this “headless man” was Defence Minister Duncan Sandys (later Lord Duncan-Sandys, Winston Churchill`s son-in-law) who offered to resign from the cabinet.  When the case was taken to court, Margaret, the Duchess of Argyll and the Duke had been separated for five years; The two lead completely separate lives and complain and sue each other over a variety of alleged and real grievances. Shame may not have been called that in the 1880s or even in the 1960s, but its existence cannot be refuted. The Delayed Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will come into force later this year and will finally eliminate the assumption that there must be a “guilty” party in divorce proceedings. Perhaps then society will move away from contentious trials that require guilt and shame, and instead allow two imperfect parties to sever their legal relationships with minimal hostility. The bitter divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll was one of the most turbulent court cases of the 20th century, full of forgeries, bribes, thefts and scandals involving explicit photographs.
The Duchess filed a counter-petition for divorce, accusing the Duke of adultery with his mother-in-law Jane Corby Wigham.  She dropped her case on the day of the hearing due to the absence of a witness and then had to pay a £25,000 sentence to her mother-in-law, who sued her for defamation, defamation and conspiracy to commit perjury.  Recently, in Berry v. Berry, Utah, 635 p.2d 68 (1981), we set aside a trial court order that, in a similar situation, ordered the husband to purchase from the husband and two of his uncles the woman`s shares that had been allocated to him as part of an agricultural association.