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Millionaire author Patrick Seale’s widow brands his children ‘cruel and greedy’

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The widow of a multi-millionaire author has destroyed his ‘cruel and greedy’ children in a High Court battle over her £3.5 million family home and valuable art collection.

Rana Seale was married to world-renowned author Patrick Seale for 29 years and lived with him in their three-storey, six-bedroom property in fashionable Holland Park, in West London.

She says their daughter Yasmine Seale and two of her stepchildren – one the child of Martin Amis and the other a former understudy of Sir Kenneth Branagh – are now “putting a lawsuit to take her home”.

The couple had a “stormy” relationship and Mr Seale, who was respected for his work as a Middle East historian, spoke to lawyers about his wife’s divorce before he died of brain cancer at the age of 83 in April 2014.

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Rana Seale, (left) widow of world-renowned journalist and historian Patrick Seale, (right) sues their daughter

Oxford-educated Mr. Seale broke the joint rent of their house, leaving his half to his estate instead of Mrs. Seale.

Now Yasmine Seale and stepchildren Delilah Jeary and Orlando Seale are suing her to sell the house where she lives and divide the proceeds.

But Mrs Seale, 63, is supported by Alexander, the disabled son of the couple, with whom she lives, and fights to get her late husband’s six-month signature back to her.

Due to missing court deadlines, Rana was previously barred from hearing the case against Yasmine, Orlando and Delilah, in which only Alexander participated.

But the court heard that she now wants her involvement restored so that she and Alexander – whose interests are “one and the same” – can join forces.

But even if she doesn’t rejoin as a party, she will benefit if Alexander wins because she can continue to live there with him.

In a Supreme Court hearing, she said she and her son live in fear of being “thrown into the street” if she loses.

Ms Seale labeled the trio “cruel, litigious and greedy” and accused them of “ruining our health” ahead of a full hearing on the legal battle over the house set to take place in January.

“Nothing can give us back those years, nothing can give us back these five-and-a-half years of burlesque lawsuits his siblings brought against Alexander and me,” she told Ms. Justice Bacon.

The court heard that Middle East expert Patrick and Rana, a British-Syrian historian, bought their three-storey, six-bedroom house in St Ann’s Villas in 2009 for £1.75 million and that, according to an online house price calculator, it is now worth it. is worth about £3.5 million.

Seale had son Orlando, 48, an actor and former Branagh understudy, from his first marriage to writer Lamorna Heath. He also brought up ITN producer Delilah, 45, who was born after an affair Amis had with Miss Heath.

Rana fights with her daughter Yasmine (pictured) and her two stepchildren after her husband's death in 2015

Rana fights with her daughter Yasmine (pictured) and her two stepchildren after her husband’s death in 2015

The court heard that Middle East expert Patrick and Rana, a British-Syrian historian, bought their three-storey, six-bedroom house in St Ann's Villas in 2009 for £1.75 million and that, according to an online house price calculator, it is now worth it. is worth about £3.5m

The court heard that Middle East expert Patrick and Rana, a British-Syrian historian, bought their three-storey, six-bedroom house in St Ann’s Villas in 2009 for £1.75 million and that, according to an online house price calculator, it is now worth it. is worth about £3.5m

Mr. Seale took care of Delilah and told her before she started college that Amis was her father. Mr and Mrs Seale had two children together, poet and author Yasmine, 31, and journalist Alexander Seale, 33.

Mr. Seale divided his wealth equally in his will between Mrs. Seale and the four children.

Mrs. Seale and Alexander have started legal proceedings to block the sale of the house, arguing that the property should go to Mrs. Seale.

Mother and son say the terminally ill Mr. Seale was under “inappropriate influence” in the weeks before his death, when he began divorce proceedings and broke the joint lease.

Ms Seale, a British-Syrian historian, represented herself, saying that threats of divorce played a part in their ‘stormy’ relationship but never happened.

“I completely deny his ability to have tried to divorce me…I completely deny that the divorce proceedings were anything but a sham to try to steal half of my marital home after 29 years of marriage.”

Yasmine's stepchildren Delilah Jeary (pictured) and Orlando Seale are also suing her

Yasmine’s stepchildren Delilah Jeary (pictured) and Orlando Seale are also suing her

She also said she objected to their being handed over to lawyers, insisting that since both she and Alexander are entitled to a fifth share under Patrick’s will, it was in their best interests not to lose them.

But Mr. Fowler, for the three siblings, said they were simply acting correctly as executors in trying to “get into Patrick’s estate assets” so that they can be sold and everyone can receive their rightful inheritance.

“This was an estate and they were trying to get it in,” he said. ‘If it is realized, all five will have an interest in it.’

For Orlando, Delilah and Jasmine, attorney Richard Fowler denies any undue influence.

He said Patrick had been advised by his lawyer to consider breaking the joint ownership to “protect his interests” when he began considering divorce.

The three children had no control over Patrick’s financial affairs, nor the day-to-day responsibility for his care and well-being, he said.

They didn’t control Patrick, but acted like assistants, giving instructions and they carrying them out, Mr. Fowler insisted.

Seale brought up ITN producer Delilah, who was the product of an affair his first wife Lamorna Heath had with British novelist Martin Amis. Pictured: Delilah with Amis and her son Isaac

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