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Legal compromise paves way for Prince Charles to remarry

[JURIST] It was announced Thursday in London that Prince Charles [official profile], heir to the British throne and former husband of the late Princess Diana [official memorial website], will marry longtime love Camilla Parker-Bowles [BBC profile]. The private nuptials slated for April appear to have been made possible by a legal compromise struck by Charles and other British heads of church and state, including the Queen [official profile], who announced her approval [press release] of the union. Charles and Mrs. Parker-Bowles are both divorcees, and the Church of England forbids divorcees to remarry in religious ceremonies, so the marriage will be a civil ceremony at a secular location, Windsor Castle. Also, Mrs. Parker-Bowles will be known as the 'Princess Consort', and if Charles indeed ascends to the throne as King of England, she will not be able to take the title of Queen. Legal experts describe the compromise as a pragmatic one, while one commentator has described the proposal as "the path of least controversy." BBC News has more, including in-depth coverage of the relationship between Charles and Mrs. Parker Bowles. Prince Charles has issued a statement on the marriage.

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