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Royal Wedding Countdown: Prince William's Pre-Nup Dilemma

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Apr. 7 2011, Published 8:48 a.m. ET

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He’s admitted he’s nervous about walking down the aisle on April 29, but no one can seem to agree on whether Prince William should have Kate Middleton sign a pre-nup before they make it official.

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According to Christopher Andersen, author of William and Kate: A Royal Love Story, a pre-nup is not only unlikely, it’s unheard of in royal circles.

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“In the entire thousand-year history of the monarchy, there's never been a pre-nup. It's alien to the royal family in particular, for whom divorce was unthinkable – until, of course, the marriage of the Queen's sister Princess Margaret ended in divorce, followed by the failed marriages of Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, and Princess Anne,” he explains.

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But, the fact that three of the queen’s four children did end up divorced – not to mention the fact that one in two marriages in the UK now end in divorce – is exactly why legal experts like divorce lawyer Vikki Ziegler argue that a pre-nup is exactly what Prince William needs to put his nerves at ease.

“It is critical for Prince William to protect his assets,” she argues. “In the event of divorce, a prenuptial agreement will alleviate the need to have a public and acrimonious divorce.”

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