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Royals 'plan marriage counselling'

Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton, are to have marriage counselling sessions from some of the country's most senior clerics, it has been reported.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of London will give the pair advice on preparing for their married life together.

With world attention on their forthcoming wedding, like many other couples they will receive pastoral care on dealing with a range of issues.

But as the second in line to the throne, William and his bride-to-be will sit down with Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams and Bishop of London Dr Richard Chartres, according to the Daily Mail.

Topics under discussion may include dealing with disagreements and rows, how to remain faithful, preparing for parenthood and dealing with the in-laws.

The guidance may be needed if the couple are to avoid the pitfalls of other royal marriages, many of which have ended in divorce.

William and Miss Middleton will marry at Westminster Abbey on April 29, and both senior churchmen will play a part in the ceremony.

The Bishop of London is said to be a confidant of William's father, the Prince of Wales, offering him spiritual guidance.

A St James's Palace spokesman said: "The couple would expect to meet both the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of London, who will both play a prominent role on the wedding day, before the service.

"Any conversations between them would be private."


From Belfast Telegraph