Bishop: Prince, Kate Will Last 7 Years

Rev. Pete Broadbent also blasted the expense of the pending nuptials

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 22, 2010 3:40 AM CST | Updated Nov 22, 2010 4:15 AM CST

(Newser) – A royal donnybrook has erupted in England after a bishop (who has since apologized) scoffed that the planned marriage between Prince William and his Kate won't last more than 7 years. The Bishop of Willesden denounced the “nauseating tosh” surrounding the engagement announcement, and compared the famous couple to “shallow celebrities" who are bound to repeat the royal tradition of "broken marriages" and philandering. Rev. Pete Broadbent also blasted the expense of the pending nuptials, saying on his Facebook page that they will cost an "arm and a leg," reports the Telegraph.

His comments are being blasted by politicians and church leaders, including one who called them"deeply disappointing and disrespectful." Following the uproar, Rev. Broadbent says he conveyed his "sincere regrets" to the happy couple for his "deeply offensive" comments, the Telegraph reports. There's little doubt Kate will be in for some big changes after her high-profile marriage. She's already undergoing protocol lessons and counseling to stave off depression that sometimes accompanies the pressure-cooker of public life, a source tells the Daily Mail.

FILE - This is a Friday April 11, 2008 file photo of Kate Middleton, girlfriend of Britain's Price William, in RAF Cranwell, England where Prince William received his RAF wings from his father the Prince Charles. Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton is a country girl who loves the late-night club...
FILE - This is a Friday April 11, 2008 file photo of Kate Middleton, girlfriend of Britain's Price William, in RAF Cranwell, England where Prince William received his RAF wings from his father the Prince...   (AP Photo/Michael Dunlea, Pool)
Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton pose for the media at St. James's Palace in London after announcing their marriage last week.
Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton pose for the media at St. James's Palace in London after announcing their marriage last week.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton pose for the media at St. James's Palace.
Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton pose for the media at St. James's Palace.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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