Monty Python legend Terry Jones’ children have launched a High Court battle with their late father’s widow over the estate that he left her in his will.
The Welsh comedian passed away in January last year at the age of 77, 9 years after his marriage to the Swedish clothing designer Anna Soderstrom aged 38.
Terry’s two adult children from his first marriage, Sally aged 47 and Bill aged 45 have claimed their father’s 2016 will, which entitled Ms Soderstrom to his home in London, does not stand. Ms Soderstrom sold the property in March for £2.8million.
Sally and Bill claim that their father did not have mental capacity when he wrote the will in 2016 as he was suffering from dementia and have launched a legal bid under the 1975 Inheritance Act, which allows unhappy family members to claim for ‘reasonable provision’.
Whilst the contents of Jones’ will have not been disclosed, Ms Soderstrom is thought to be the main beneficiary and is reportedly listed as the primary defendant in the case.
Ms Soderstrom will argue that her husband did have the mental capacity when he wrote the will.
In 2016 it was announced that Jones had been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a form of frontotemporal dementia where symptoms get progressively worse over time as the brain tissue which is important for speech and language deteriorates.
The pair met at a book signing event in 2005 when she was a 23 year old student at Oxford. The pair married soon after Terry Jones divorced his first wife Alison Telfer. They then had their own child, Siri, now aged 12, together.
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