Vatican denies reports that Pope will give Prince Charles historic divorce document

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It had been reported that The Pope would give Charles a copy of the 1530 appeal by English peers for the annulment of Henry's marriage.

But the pope's official spokesman described reports as "completely false and without any basis of truth" and asked for an "immediate and unambiguous retraction".

It had been claimed that The Pontiff was planning to present to the Prince of Wales a high quality facsimile of the appeal to Pope Clement VII.

A newspaper said that as a divorcee who will one day head the Church of England, Prince Charles would need "all his regal sang-froid" when presented with the gift, which would be "an embarrassment to the royal visitors".

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