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Kate Middleton

The High Cost of Royal Divorce

11/17/2010 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Prince William can't protect the royal fortune with a simple prenup -- those docs aren't legally totally binding in the U.K. -- which means if Willy ever divorces Kate Middleton ... she could own half of the kingdom.

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Here's the deal -- we're not insinuating the marriage is doomed ... but if things go awry, money could be a HUGE issue ... due to the fact that Will's grandma is reportedly worth around $450 million.

We've spoken with multiple legal experts who specialize in U.K. family law -- who tell us prenups have been considered virtually worthless, due to the fact that English law was based upon the idea that a married couple should be together for life and their property should be shared.

Translation -- from the second a couple is married, they're each entitled to half of the couple's wealth ... unless a judge decides the traditional 50/50 arrangement is unfair. 

Now there is a catch -- The Supreme Court of the U.K. recently made a landmark decision honoring a multi-million dollar prenup ... and the ruling could change the laws regarding divorce agreements forever.

So what does that mean for William??? The experts tell us he'll probably get a prenup anyway -- just to be safe ... but whether the marriage survives or not, being in the Royal family definitely pays off.

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iWiN    

she looks like a mix of Katie Holmes and Lauren Conrad from "The Hills" but an "upper middle class" version ;)

1333 days ago
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kazza    

"being in the Royal family definitely pays off"?

not for Diana, it didn't.

1333 days ago
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Chris     

Better check your facts the Queen is one of the largest land owners in the world with an estimated worth of over 6 Billion.

1333 days ago
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Beach Rose    

Darn, there's no "like" button here! Titanium, LIKE LIKE LIKE! So very true. The "Who'd You Rather" is really creepy. The spammers and infiltrators skeeve me out. Why can't TMZ filter the comments to be appropriate?

1333 days ago
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LMReader    

Give the couple a break. They just got engaged. And they've been together for 8 years! They are simply glowing, and I think it shows how confident they are in their relationship. They look truly happy together. Nothing like the Prince's parents' relationship.

1333 days ago
21.

Me    

Yes, he's balding. REAL men do that. You obviously have no experience in that department.

1333 days ago
22.

baleeq    

hello

1333 days ago
23.

R    

I think the whole focus of heated discussion should now be why on earth did she accept that ring! And why on earth would he offer THAT ring as their ring of engagement! WTF has never been a more appropriately used phrase!

1333 days ago
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kickaboo    

I think William and Kate actually like each other, Will likes her family. William's mother helped the Queen and Prince Phillip get over some of her stodgy ways. We and William can even thank Charles and Camilla for that. They did show true love does win in the end, although Diana was probably a not a mistake at the time for Charles.
Don't let them push you around William or Harry. Although, I do think the Queen is hanging on so she can skip a generation which is sorta mean. Pay-back for Camilla?

1333 days ago
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kickaboo    

I don't think William is going to let what happen to his mother happen to Kate or the mother of his children, ever.

1333 days ago
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Marilyn    

TMZ - can you please remove the junk "comments" people are trying to sell?

I love Kate's beautiful modest dress. She looks like a lovely girl to me. I hope they are very happy together. They seem to really be in love.

1333 days ago
27.

DLiver420    

I WAS cheaper to have Dianna killed. Just saying.

1333 days ago
28.

DW    

I am so happy for them! Best of luck to the both Harry and Kate!

1332 days ago
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BSweet    

Who's the idiot who keeps taking "***" out of proper English words? Cir***stances????? What are you, 5??????

If you read anything into "cir***stances" that is inappropriate, you need to take a look at yourself.

1332 days ago
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BSweet    

OMG! The TMZ thing automatically takes "***" out of words!! Wow, that is retarded. Way overdoing the censorship thing, folks.

1332 days ago
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