There he met Dip Singh, whom he married in 1962 after the failure of his first marriage, which he was always reluctant to discuss.
The capital’s incumbent First Wife, Wheeler, meanwhile would not be seen dead synching dates into her husband’s diary. The 66-year-old ex-Mayor has been nicknamed “first-class Ken” for his insistence on travelling in style. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Having joined the BBC in 1947, he became the corporation's longest-serving foreign correspondent, remaining in the role until his death. “The difference,” sniffs one of Johnson’s inner team, “is that Livingstone’s wife has been on his payroll for a long time. They represent two very different London tribes: both convinced of their right to lead the capital, but far removed from one another’s mental and social worlds, and permanently at odds. Start your Independent Premium subscription today.His first job was on the tabloid Daily Sketch, where his principal task was to rip news-agency reports from teleprinters and rush them to the editors' desks. Although she sallies forth to work in well-cut black suits, she flashes bright silk tops and enjoys dressing up for events like the royal wedding (some friends joke that a reluctance to be “Mrs Johnson” does not prevent Wheeler from relishing the mayoral social life).Now the couple lead a less overtly social life, centred on their two children and Ken’s attempt to recapture City Hall. By this point, Livingstone already had children by two former girlfriends, though he had not yet revealed their existence publicly when he met Beal. Marina Wheeler, 48, and husband Boris, au contraire, reside in one of Islington’s poshest areas of stuccoed villas (think well upwards of £2 million). He was famously out of sympathy with the guidelines for news coverage promulgated by John Birt, the future director-general of the BBC, when he was deputy director-general in 1990. Charles died in 2008.Dip Singh passed away the previous Sunday, the Mirror understands. Any other BBC employee might have thought twice before making such an assault on the senior management, but such was Wheeler's reputation that he was effectively unassailable, and he continued to snipe away at the Corporation's changing culture, saying in 2000 that the news agenda was far too influenced by personalities and the tabloid culture. Dip Singh was Charles’s second wife; they married in 1961 and had two daughter together. That was the job in those days. An instinctive radicalism of approach, too.
He was educated at Cranbrook School in Kent, leaving at 17 because he was attracted by what he saw as the glamour of journalism.Sharing the full story, not just the headlinesCreate a commenting name to join the debateSo in 1958 he left the programme to return to his more natural role.