Fathers Are the Victims in Divorce, Says Charles

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Fathers Are the Victims in Divorce, Says Charles


Byline: SAM GREENHILL

FOR a master of lighthearted chat, it was a rather heavy topic.

But Prince Charles nevertheless embraced the thorny issue of divorce when he met a naval chief petty officer dealing with the aftermath of a marriage break-up.

It seems the 55-year-old prince, who endured one of the most public marriage breakdowns, believes divorced fathers get a raw deal compared with mothers.

He even 'wishes things were more equal' between men and women.

The prince was talking to the Neil Smith during a visit to HMS Belfast in London.

'We discussed the current situation for divorced fathers in the UK,' said CPO Smith, 42, who was recently divorced.

'He said that things don't seem very fair at the moment for divorcees and fathers, and that things seem to be weighted towards mothers.

He wished things were more equal between men and women.' Charles's remarks were seized on by family campaigners who believe fathers are poorly treated by the legal system.

Ian Mackay, of Families Need Fathers, said: 'I think the fellow's got his feet on the ground, and knows what he's talking about. Even though his position is slightly different from some dads, he knows of the anguish,I don't doubt that.

'There are thousands of dads out there who will be cheered to hear him say this.

'Courts inevitably come down against the father and that's got to change.'

Jack O'Sullivan, of the charity Fathers Direct, also welcomed the Prince's comments. …

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