Rocky road for William and Kate: Fortune-tellers

Asian fortune-tellers are divining mixed blessings for UK`s Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton, with the gloomier oracles warning of affairs, divorce and trouble having children.

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2010, 18:23 PM IST

Hong Kong: Asian fortune-tellers are
divining mixed blessings for Britain`s Prince William and
fiancee Kate Middleton, with the gloomier oracles warning of
affairs, divorce and trouble having children.

Arun Kumar Bansal, president of the All India
Federation of Astrologers` Societies, saw a mostly rosy future
for the second in line to the throne and his wife-to-be, who
yesterday announced they would marry next year.

"They match quite well. Together they score 24 points
out of 36 on general compatibility," he told AFP after pouring
over the couple`s astrological birth charts, which he said
showed the benign influence of the planet Mercury.

"She has a softer personality than him. She will agree
to his demands, and be accommodating of his needs. They will
share a good friendship. They will not fight, in public or
private -- and Kate will conduct herself well in public.

"William is going through the best phase of his life
right now. It will last for 15 to 20 years. But he will not be
king for a very long time, at least 15 years," he said.

In many Asian cultures, fortune-tellers are the first
port of call for people in search of the right partner, and
their guidance on the most auspicious date for the wedding and
for naming children holds a powerful sway.

Bansal predicted wedding bells would likely chime for
William and Middleton in June or July.

The only cloud on the horizon, he said, was that the
couple may struggle for years before they can conceive the
next generation of Britain`s royalty.

One of Hong Kong`s top feng shui masters, Yeo Tinming,
saw no such problems on the children front, predicting
Middleton would likely get pregnant in 2012.

"The two are very compatible in my eyes. One is born
winter time and the other is born during the summer time. They
complement each other well," he said, while cautioning that
the pair would likely quarrel.

Another Hong Kong fortune-teller was less optimistic,
however, saying the royal union would likely end in divorce --
condemning the couple to the same fate as William`s parents
Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

"There will be major problems for the couple in the
decade after Prince William reaches the age of 39," said
Anthony Cheng, a well-known feng shui columnist and TV
personality.

Cheng said the 28-year-old prince would likely either
suffer a serious accident or get divorced in his 40s.

"One of these will happen. And if he encounters an
accident, it is likely going to be fatal," Cheng said,
advising the prince to avoid travel to southern or tropical
locations.

PTI