British royal Prince Charles may be banned from marrying long-term love Camilla Parker Bowles, according to legal experts.

The couple plan to marry in a low-profile ceremony at Berkshire's Windsor Castle on 8 April (04) followed by a chapel blessing.

But family law experts expressed "serious doubts" on BBC TV's PANORAMA special last night (13FEB05).

The lawyers pointed out that the 1836 Marriage Act barred the royals from civil marriages, so if the star-crossed pair tie the knot under current legislation, they would not be legally married.

VALENTINE LE GRICE QC, family law specialist, said that a "heavy question mark" hung over the situation.

He added, "It would not be possible for them to get married in the way most people understand a registry marriage."

14/02/2005 21:42