Cleric Calls on Couple to Repent; ROYAL WEDDING

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Cleric Calls on Couple to Repent; ROYAL WEDDING


THE pending marriage of Charles and Camilla has not had an unqualified welcome.

The Dean of Coventry, the Very Rev John Irvine, says he would be glad to hear of some repentance from the couple.

He said: "I am a pragmatist and it was quite clear the nature of relationship would, in other circumstances, allow them to marry.

"It has been an unsatisfactory situation so far. I trust my Archbishop talked it through and there will be a civil ceremony followed by prayers.

"This will help concerns about the bigger implications because Camilla was involved to some extent in the break-up of the previous marriage. I would like to hear of some repentance."

The Archbishop of Canterbury was involved in the delicate negotiations about how Charles should marry divorcee Camilla, with whom he had an affair while still married.

Although legally upon their marriage Camilla will be the Princess of Wales, aides said she wished to be known as the Duchess of Cornwall instead for "private reasons".

But a Warwickshire aristocrat says he is happy they are to wed and would have had no objection to Britain having a "Queen Camilla."

The Marquess of Hertford, whose ancestral home is the 17th century Ragley Hall near Alcester, admits: "The news came as a surprise yesterday but I have no problems with their marrying ! he's the future monarch and she's his consort.

"Of course, it would be a different matter if Princess Diana was still alive. There was always a nasty, uncomfortable shadow that Camilla was involved in the break-up of his marriage. …

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