Prince William is set to wed his longtime love Kate Middleton at the end of this month (Apr 29), and divorce lawyers in the UK are warning the second-in-line to the British throne to sign a prenuptial agreement in case their marriage doesn’t work out.
“It’s an absolute statistical no-brainer that a prenuptial agreement would be highly beneficial in this case,” said divorce lawyer James Stewart from the firm Manches, which handled the multimillion divorce case between Madonna and director Guy Ritchie. “In the 21st century, there is a real need for any couple in the public arena to enter into a properly drawn up prenup.”
Stewart also believes that a confidentiality clause would be a must, because the last thing the royal family would want is for Kate to do a tell-all interview, similar to the one Diana gave just before her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996, that exposes the their inner workings.
“Kate is joining a family known as ‘The Firm,’ and every other employee of the royal household has a contract of employment which includes a fairly severe gagging clause,” Stewart said.
Prince William’s office has declined to comment on whether or not the future king will force his future bride to sign a premarital contract.