British Minister’s wife bites back over his ‘sorry’ for affair and divorce comments
VICKY Pryce, the former wife of Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary Chris Huhne, has accused him of invading her privacy by publicly discussing their divorce.
Mrs Pryce said Mr Huhne was guilty of “a serious intrusion” into her private life and that of their children after he spoke about their parting at a meeting.
Mr Huhne told a fringe meeting at the Liberal Democrat conference he felt “enormously regretful” about the way he ended his 26-year marriage.
The minister left Mrs Pryce last year for Carina Trimingham, his bisexual former press officer.
Mrs Pryce, who attended the conference as a party member, learnt of his affair hours before it was reported in a newspaper. In a statement yesterday, she said she was “concerned” by Mr Huhne’s comments.
“I am surprised that my ex-husband considers it appropriate to talk at a public meeting about the very private aspects of our family life,” she said.
On Tuesday, Mr Huhne spoke of his regrets over the parting at a fringe event at the Liberal Democrat conference.
"Frankly it was an appalling set of circumstances,” he said. “I personally feel enormously regretful about what I put my family through and what happened with Vicky.
He added: “I entirely understand the stress that she has been caused. She has not traditionally been out there in public.”
Asked whether he had apologised, the MP replied: “Yes.”
But pressed on whether she had accepted he said: “No.”
Questioned on whether he believed she would eventually forgive him, he added: “I don’t know.”
Mr Huhne said he “understood entirely” why Ms Pryce found it difficult to forgive him given the “public process, the very public way we broke up”.
Mr Huhne also raised questions about the way his affair was revealed and the motives for the revelation.
“The newspaper that put people on to me and broke the story about the affair was the News of the World,” he said.
He pointed out that he had been an outspoken critic of News International, the paper’s owners, for several years.
“So we will have to see … what the conclusions are from all that,” he said.