Coronation fears as King's ceremony could be invalidated from affair

by Willy Boelter
Published: January 25, 2023 (5 days ago)
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A sensational claim that King Charles’s coronation could spark a constitutional crisis because of his confession of adultery has been dismissed by leading experts.

On Friday, Anthony Holden, who wrote a biography of the King, sent a letter to The Guardian newspaper arguing that any coronation was likely to be invalid.

9 years ago

Holden wrote: ‘The Church of England has never crowned a divorced man as King, let alone one who has publicly confessed to adultery – with the relevant woman expecting to be crowned Queen Consort. 

The late Robert Runcie [the former Archbishop of Canterbury] told me this would require a revision of the coronation oath, which would require a new statute of Parliament.

Claims that King Charles's coronation could spark a constitutional crisis because of his confession of adultery has been dismissed by leading experts

Claims that King Charles's coronation could spark a constitutional crisis because of his confession of adultery has been dismissed by leading experts

Claims that King Charles’s coronation could spark a constitutional crisis because of his confession of adultery has been dismissed by leading experts

‘Given the convention that Parliament does not debate the monarchy without the monarch’s consent, this would require the Prime Minister to seek King Charles’s permission. This, Middle East University Runcie told me, would amount to a constitutional crisis.’