Succession in real life: Rupert Murdoch reacts to being AMBUSHED with divorce papers by Jerry Hall's lackey

Succession in real life: Rupert Murdoch reacts to being AMBUSHED with divorce papers by Jerry Hall's lackey
Rupert Murdoch (L) and Jerry Hall (R) at St Brides Church after their wedding on March 5, 2016 in London, England (John Phillips/Getty Images)

OXFORDSHIRE, UK: Just a month after Rupert Murdoch told Jerry Hall that their marriage was over via an email, now Hall’s lawyers reportedly served divorce papers to the 91-year-old media mogul Murdoch as he was boarding his private jet after his granddaughter's wedding.

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According to DailyMail, Murdoch was given the legal documents in the car park of RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire just before he boarded the plane. As per the report, one witness said, "He looked shocked to say the least" as Murdoch, who married the Australian-born billionaire and the former model-actress Hall in March 2016 in central London, was surrounded by his guards but “did not react in time” before private investigator Michael Colacicco, a former counter-terrorism officer in the Metropolitan Police, handed the documents into his hands. 

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It was reported earlier that Murdoch broke up with Hall via an email leaving her shocked at the sudden end of their marriage. And on July 1, Hall filed for divorce in Los Angeles, citing “irreconcilable differences.” They are said to have signed a prenuptial agreement, but Hall’s lawyers allege that she “was unaware of the full nature and scope of it all," as per DailyMail report.

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Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall relationship history

In January 2016, Murdoch announced his engagement to Hall via a notice in The Times newspaper before his 85th birthday in March of the same year. According to NY Times, one of the spokespersons, Steven Rubenstein, said at that time, “They have loved these past months together, are thrilled to be getting married and excited about their future."

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However, it was during the pandemic, according to the Mail+ sources who said the couple faced difficulties in their marriage and Hall assumed a "gatekeeping" role to protect her elderly husband, who owns Fox News and the WSJ, from contracting Covid-19. One of the sources were quoted as saying by the outlet, "She does blame the children for souring the marriage. They had a lot to say about it and a role in his personal life which she found a nasty surprise. Clearly, they mistrusted her."

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