A London bishop doesn’t think the royal marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton will last.
“I give the marriage seven years,” Pete Broadbent, the Bishop of Willesden for the past decade, wrote after the announcement of the prince’s engagement.
He ranted on Facebook about the upcoming wedding, comparing Prince William and Kate to “shallow celebrities” whose union is destined to fail.
He also vented on Twitter by saying he needed to book “a republican day trip to France” on the day of the wedding, which he described as “massively irrelevant (if an expensive frippery).”
“I think we need a party in Calais for all good republicans who can’t stand the nauseating tosh that surrounds this event,” he added on Facebook.
The 58-year-old clergyman expressed his anger at the thought that taxpayers would be forced to pay for the royal wedding and at the media for “fawning deferential nonsense.”
The royal wedding could cost tens of millions! But palace officials said the royal family is “mindful of the economic situation” and that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles plan to kick in some cash, including paying for the reception if it is held at Buckingham Palace.
MPs and Church members denounced the posts by Broadbent.
“They are extremely rude, not what one expects from a bishop,” Tory MP Nicholas Soames, a friend of Prince Charles, told London’s Daily Mail.
Former MP Canon Peter Bruinvels added that it was “disappointing and disrespectful,” reminding the Bishop that the Monarch “plays an integral role” in the Church.
I’m sure many will agree with Broadbent. What do you think?