IT is now known that the
marriage of Prince Stanislaus Radziwill and Princess Caroline Lee Radziwill was regularised last July in Westminster Cathedral. The Princess is a sister of Mrs. John F. Kennedy, widow of the late American President. The officiating priest was Mgr. Gordon Wheeler, now Bishopelect of Middlesbrough.
It was revealed last week that the Princess had secured from the Sacred Roman Rota an annulment of her former marriage, contracted when she was 20, in a Catholic Church in Washington to Mr. Michael Canfield, a non-Catholic. That marriage was also terminated by a civil divorce.
According to the Princess's Roman lawyer, Dr. Fernando Della Rocca, described the nullity proceedings as " a hard and difficult struggle, in which canonical legislation regarding matrimonial cases was applied with unimpeachable justice after an inquiry so strict that it made one think of a mathematical table."
Dr. Rocca added that " it took four years, several hundred pages written in Latin, and many witnesses before the matter was concluded."
As is usual, the reason for the annulment is not disclosed. But it is reported to have hinged on a defect of consent in the marriage with Mr. Canfield, The New York Sunday News reports that the marriage was found invalid because the husband had no intention of having children.
Prince Radziwill was formerly a Pole by nationality and is now a British subject. He was married twice before his marriage to the present Princess.
The first marriage, to a Czech girl, ended in a civil divorce and was judged null and void by a Church court. His second'marriage was a civil one and hence not recognised by the Church at all. His second wife remarried in a Catholic ceremony in July, 1961.