April 27, 2009

Prince Charles meets with Pope Benedict

England's Prince Charles and his second wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, met with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican Monday, the BBC reported.

The meeting was the prince's first with the pope since his divorce from the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

The BBC said Charles and Camilla, who was required to wear black clothing and a matching veil, were greeted by Swiss Guards and a Vatican nobleman before they were ushered in for a private audience with the pontiff.

The royal couple gave the pope a set of plates with paintings of plants from their Highgrove Estate, while the pontiff presented the prince and his wife with an honorary medal and drawing of the St. Peter's Basilica, the British broadcaster said.

The biggest thing on Prince Charles's agenda is the preparation for his coronation, Christopher Wilson, author of The Windsor Knot: Charles, Camilla and the Legacy of Diana, told CNN.

He will expect a high-profile Roman Catholic presence in Westminster Abbey (where Prince Charles will eventually be crowned king,) Wilson said. The combined heads of state come from everywhere. Every democratically elected head of state will be invited. It bigs up your coronation if you can get the highest Roman Catholic to come.