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Britain's Prince Charles and his mistress to wed

AP , LONDON

Britian's Prince Charles is to marry his partner Camilla Parker Bowles, the prince's office said yesterday.

Clarence House didn't immediately announce further details, but Sky News TV reported that the heir to the throne would marry on April 8.

Charles was previously married to Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. She was divorced from Charles when she died.

Charles dated Camilla many years before he married Diana in 1981. They remained friends but Diana blamed Charles' relationship with Parker Bowles, who was also married, for the failure of their union.

"There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded," Diana said in a 1995 TV interview.

In 1994, Prince Charles admitted in a TV documentary that he had strayed from his marriage vows, but insisted the infidelity happened only after the marriage was "irretrievably broken down, us both having tried."

The pair divorced in 1996.

The marriage is a sensitive issue because Parker Bowles is divorced and her former husband is still alive. Charles would be the supreme governor of the Church of England if he took the throne, and some Anglicans remain opposed to remarriage of divorcees.

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