`Marriage of William and Kate to last just 7 yrs`

A prominent bishop has likened the royal couple to ‘shallow celebrities`.

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2010, 12:06 PM IST

London: A prominent bishop has sparked outrage by predicting that marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton will last just seven years.

On his Facebook page, Church of England Bishop Pete Broadbent likened the royal couple to ‘shallow celebrities`, reports the Daily Mail.

He has also described the Royal Family as ‘philanderers’ with a record of marriage break-ups who ‘cost an arm and a leg’.

He also denounces the ‘nauseating tosh’ surrounding the ‘national flimflam’ of the wedding and says the basis of the Monarchy is ‘corrupt and sexist’.

In a reference to the 1981 marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, he adds: ‘I managed to avoid the last disaster in slow motion between Big Ears and the Porcelain Doll, and I hope to avoid this one too.’

His comments are sure to dismay his immediate superior, the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, who is a close friend of Prince Charles.

The posts by Bishop Broadbent have been condemned as ‘cruel’ and ‘disrespectful’ by MPs and Church members.

ANI