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Was Prince Charles' marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles ruled "illegal" right after Queen Elizabeth ordered them to divorce? That's the claim in one of this week's magazines. Gossip Cop, however, can correct this error-filled report.

According to the Globe, Prince Charles is divorcing Bowles, and he won't be "forking over a penny" after their 2005 marriage was just "declared illegal." The supermarket tabloid boasts it has learned "in a blockbuster world exclusive" that in addition to ending their marriage, Bowles could also "end up behind bars if she doesn't go quietly." The publication maintains the "historic ruling" that their wedding wasn't valid comes two weeks after Her Majesty ordered Prince Charles to divorce his longtime love and second wife.

In an attempt to lend credibility to its story, the habitually disproven outlet contends it has a "well placed palace source" who shares that shortly after receiving the royals' divorce papers, "the court declared Charles and Camilla weren't legally wed." The purported insider continues, "After consulting with British government officials, the judge ruled their wedding violated the Marriage Act of 1836." The tabloid's alleged tipster explains, "Under that act, the Prince of Wales, as future head of the Church of England, must marry in church with a clergyman officiating. But Charles and Camilla, both divorced, said 'I do' in a civil ceremony."

The same almost assuredly made-up "source" then squeals, "If there's no legal marriage there can be no divorce... That means Charles dodges a staggering $217 million divorce settlement." Next, the questionable tipster asserts that while Prince Charles is "thrilled" he'll hold onto his massive fortune, he's nervous about "how vindictive Camilla can be." Ultimately, states the seemingly fabricated insider, if Bowles tries to expose "the royals' dirty laundry, he'll have her jailed."

The Prince of Wales not being legally married to Bowles is "the best 93rd birthday present for the queen," offers one of the outlet's unnamed and untraceable "insiders." Still, the palace is "brace[d] for a scandal like nothing they've seen," writes the magazine. The absurd article concludes with an anonymous source saying Bowles isn't afraid of Prince Charles threatening to lock her up. "Where's he going to send me? The Tower of London?" she supposedly joked.

There's so much that's wrong with the tabloid's report it's difficult to know where to begin. For starters, the newly manufactured tale is based on a previously discredited cover story that untruthfully insisted Queen Elizabeth ordered Prince Charles and Bowles to divorce. That never happened, nor is the Prince of Wales interested in separating from her. In fact, the profile picture for the official Twitter account of Clarence House shows Prince Charles and Bowles with their arms lovingly around each other. And the Prince of Wales' official website features photos of them during their recent royal visit to Cuba, smiling happily as they enjoy drinks together.

Now that Gossip Cop has established the idea of the royals divorcing is entirely untrue, let's examine the new narrative about their marriage being deemed "illegal." It's true there were questions before the divorcees wed in April 2005 whether the prince would be violating the Marriage Act of 1836, which allowed civil marriages in England for everyone except for the royals. But that issue was thoroughly reviewed by lawyers and legislators back then, and it was ultimately decided the Prince's wedding to Bowles would be not illegal.

What the publication doesn't mention, doesn't know, or worse possibly omitted on purpose is that the Marriage Act of 1936 was repealed a long time ago and replaced by the Registration Service Act of 1953, which made Prince Charles' marriage to Bowles permissible. Also glaringly not included in the article is that following their civil ceremony on April 9, 2005, Prince Charles and Bowles had a church service at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. The prayer service was led by none other than the Archbishop of Canterbury, who said in a statement that he gave his "strong support" to their union, and the wedding was "consistent with Church of England guidelines concerning remarriage."

To recap: The premise about Prince Charles' marriage being illegal, and him no longer having to be concerned about divorcing Bowles, which the queen had allegedly ordered, is just one lie on top of another. And the subplot about how the Duchess of Cornell "could end up behind bars if she doesn't go quietly" is simply insanity. The two royals are and remain committed partners.

As mentioned before, the Globe has a track record for publishing fictitious tales about the royal family. Before the concocted report about Her Majesty ordering her son to divorce Bowles, Gossip Cop busted the outlet's untrue cover story about how Prince Charles disowned Prince Harry because DNA proved he wasn't his father. Two weeks earlier, we exposed the magazine for making up a piece about Bowles attacking Queen Elizabeth while "drunk" at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Over the holidays, Gossip Cop also debunked the publication's phony report about Queen Elizabeth collapsing during Christmas in the middle of a "family war" started by Meghan Markle. In between that article and a similarly themed cover story about how Queen Elizabeth collapsed after hearing Prince Philip's cancer diagnosis, the tabloid ran a bogus account of Prince William seizing the throne after accusing Prince Charles of murder. Each and every one of those claims was a work of fiction, and so is the latest tale about Prince Charles' marriage to Bowles being ruled illegal.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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