Prince Charles' cousin Ashley Hicks dumps pregnant wife after torrid affair with magazine heiress: Reports

Reports have now come up with claims how the marriage is ending over Hicks' whirlwind affair with magazine heiress Martina Mondadori Sartogo.


                            Prince Charles' cousin Ashley Hicks dumps pregnant wife after torrid affair with magazine heiress: Reports

Interior designer Ashley Hicks is calling it quits with his wife Kata de Solis, just after three years of marriage, new reports have claimed. Hicks, who is related to the British royal family - is Prince Charles' second cousin and Prince Philip's godson - had tied the knot with Solis back in 2015 in a ceremony dubbed high society's first "Instagram wedding".

However, their marital bliss appears to be short-lived as the pair, who first met through the social media site - is on their way to a divorce. As if the split is not hard enough, tabloid reports have now come up with claims how the marriage is ending over Hicks' whirlwind affair with magazine heiress Martina Mondadori Sartogo.



 

Apparently, the relationship began after the 55-year-old designer and Sartogo took a business trip to Genoa, Italy in June. Within a month of their trip together, Hicks is believed to have confessed to his American wife about his affair, per Page Six. Following which, Solis moved out of their family home, initiating the formal procedure for a divorce.

“Kata never would have found out if he hadn’t told her,” said a source close to the couple. From their three-year-old marriage, the couple already shares a seven-month-old son called Caspian and Solis is now believed to be pregnant with their second child. In fact, the soon-to-be ex of the art and design expert is said to have found out about her pregnancy in August, around the same time when her marriage was in a turmoil. 



 

As one would expect, the split has not been easy on the fashionista, who is no longer staying at Hicks' Oxfordshire home. "It is a huge worry for Kata with Ashley having run off, but she knows she will somehow just have to cope," an insider told Daily Mail, while a second one dished about what's going to be the first Instagram divorce, saying, "He’s left her but he is hoping they will be able to have a good relationship."


 
 
 
 
 
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While neither Hicks nor Solis has publicly commented on these reports, the cousin of the British royal has apparently expressed his feelings about the split in an email to his friend. “You’ll think me a perfect monster, I’m sure, but I’ve actually left my poor pregnant wife in order to be with my lovely friend Martina... Oh, dear," he wrote, per reports. 

Ashley Hicks and Martina Mondadori Sartogo. (Getty Images)
Ashley Hicks and Martina Mondadori Sartogo. (Getty Images)

However, a Sartogo spokesperson shared a conflicting update, denying the claims about the affair.  "I can confirm Martina — founder and editor-in-chief of lifestyle e-commerce and magazine Cabana — [resides in London] together with her husband of 12 years ... and her three children," the close friend of Sartogo was quoted as saying.