22 Jan '11, 9am

Some Britons are betting that Prince William and Kate Middleton will end up getting divorced

LONDON - TWO of the favourite pastimes in Britain - royal-watching and betting - are morphing into one raucous market centered on the royal wedding. Prince William and Kate Middleton aren't even married yet - that will take place April 29 - but some Britons are already betting they will end up getting divorced. The odds are unlikely, the topic is disrespectful but when two people disagree on a subject, it's time to lay some money down. 'There's a real tradition of betting on what the royals will do next,' said Darren Haines, a spokesman for bookmaker Paddy Power. 'The UK has a strange fascination with the royals.' One of the most popular wagers for the past several years has been on if, when and where Kate and Wills would marry. After news of their engagement broke in November, the when - as in, what month - brought in 30,000 pounds (S$62,000) worth of bets for Ladbrokes, ...

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