Royal family disputes claim that Prince Charles marriage is illegal

[JURIST] Following up a Monday report in JURIST's Paper Chase, a spokesman for the Prince of Wales [official website] has disputed a report by BBC Panorama that Prince Charles' upcoming marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles is illegal. Four legal experts were consulted, and all concluded that members of the royal family were able to marry in civil ceremonies under the Marriage Act of 1949, a Clarence House spokesman said. Lord St John of Fawsley [official profile], a constitutional law expert and friend of the Prince, backed the legality of the marriage and said that Bowles would be Queen when Prince Charles takes the throne. London's Evening Standard has more.

 

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