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Prince Michael slams marriage claim

Prince Michael of Kent has dismissed speculation about the state of his marriage, saying although he and his wife spend a "lot of time apart" they have a "tremendous" relationship.

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, the Queen's cousin, who has been married to Princess Michael for 32 years, said their separate interests made for a "richer" life together.

He said: "I think people put two and two together and make five. We spend a lot of time apart. The Princess is a writer and she likes to get to write. We both have different interests and, although some coincide, this makes for a much richer life than always doing the same thing. So we have a tremendous (married) life and we enjoy practically all of it."

Michael, 68, also spoke of an "ugly period" in 2002 when the Kents were asked by the Queen to leave their apartment at Kensington Palace or pay a market rent.

The couple were given the use of the grace and favour apartment as a wedding present.

Eventually, the Queen agreed to pay their rent - now £120,000 a year - for seven years. But since January, the couple have paid it themselves.

Michael said: "It was an ugly period for us, but thank God that is now in the past. It was resolved with the help of the Queen."

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