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William, Kate and a rush of Royal blood

Fever has gripped the nation, nay the world. This is not in a bad way, à la swine fever or bird flu, but more a gush of patriotism as the Royal Wedding finally arrives. It seems like it has been coming forever but it was only last November when it was announced. At the time I covered the potential for a diamond-encrusted prenuptial agreement in my previous blog about the Royal Wedding.

It’s good that the nation has something positive to celebrate. Whether you are a Royalist or not, an extra day off work and an excuse for a party cannot be too bad for the mood of a nation going through so much unrest. I do think I missed out though and am feeling slightly cheated. No, not because my invite to William and Kate’s nuptials got lost in the post, but because I was almost part of the wedding in another way.

My aforementioned blog caught the eye of a TV production team planning a programme to be aired in the run up to the Royal Wedding. The resultant Giles and Sue’s Royal Wedding will air on BBC2 at 8pm on April 27 – without my participation. Giles Coren and Sue Perkins will present a look at royal marital celebrations of the past and have a stab at planning their own blue-blooded wedding.

At one point they were planning to look at pre-nups, which prompted a researcher to call my office to see if I would be willing to take part to give a legal view. I was quite excited at the prospect and happily agreed. Alas, my inclusion was the subject of the spike at an editorial planning page. However, I’ll still watch to see how things come out, thinking wistfully of what might have been!

We will undoubtedly see wall-to-wall television coverage of the pageant and it would be a great stage on which to raise the issue and importance of prenuptial agreements. Whether someone will or not, I do not know. People still believe they are only for the rich and famous. The fact remains they are a sensible form of insurance for every couple planning for the future. You just do not know what will happen and the drawing up of a simple agreement can save time, cost and heartache further down the track. That remains true whether you are agreeing custody of the dog, who keeps the Elton John CDs or which palace will remain your main residence.

Andrew Woolley
Family solicitor


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