Floyd's Wife Is Burnt by French Law

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Byline: Richard Kay diary@dailymail.co.uk

THE mayhem which followed the death of hedonistic TV chef Keith Floyd continues to cause havoc. Seven months after he collapsed and died shortly after enjoying a three-course feast at the restaurant of a fellow celebrity chef in Dorset, his complicated financial legacy has yet to be resolved.

For his long-suffering fourth wife Tess has, I am told, still not received the divorce settlement which was agreed in the High Court months before heavy smoker Keith's death at the age of 65.

Following his 'quickie divorce' from Tess after 13 years of marriage in 2008, he was ordered to put his beloved home in Provence up for sale, with Tess awarded 75 per cent of the proceeds.

But in typical Floyd fashion, he ignored the order from the UK courts, forcing Tess to appoint a French lawyer to get things moving. But his death turned all the legal machinations on their head.

Under French law, the house has to go to Floyd's children -- Patrick, 41, who is from his first wife, Jesmond Ruttledge, and Poppy, 26, from his second marriage to Julie Hatcher.

I am told they will become the beneficiaries of any sale of the house, in conflict with High Court order. …