Royal couple to get pre-marital counselling

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London, Dec 9 (ANI): Before walking up the aisle, Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton will meet some of the country's most senior clerics to receive counselling on how to handle marital pressures.

The royal couple is expected to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of London who will give them advice on preparing for their married life together, reports the Scotsman.

"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," said a St James's Palace spokesman on Wednesday.

"Any conversations between them would be private," he added.

Like many other couples preparing to marry, the couple 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 Rowan Williams and Bishop of London Richard Chartres.

Chartres is said to be a confidant of William's father Prince Charles.

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

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