Bishop apologises to Prince William

A Church of England bishop apologised for suggesting that the marriage of Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton would only last seven years and that the couple were “shallow celebrities”.

Pete Broadbent, the Bishop of Willesden in northwest London, said he was sorry for his online comments about the couple, which were picked up and condemned by the British media.

“I don’t care about the Royals,” the bishop wrote on the social networking website Facebook, saying he was a republican and that there were “more broken marriages and philanderers among these people than not”.

“I have conveyed to Prince Charles and to Prince William and Kate Middleton my sincere regrets for the distress caused by my remarks and the subsequent media attention about the forthcoming Royal Wedding,” he said in a statement.

William and Kate, both 28, will marry on April 29 next year and news of the wedding appears to have been well-received by most Britons, although some have questioned its cost when the country is recovering from a deep recession.