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FAIRY-TALE COUPLE COULD DIVORCE IN A TWINKLING

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana, whose "fairy tale" marriage dissolved in bitter recrimination, became eligible for a "quickie" mutually agreed-upon divorce Friday, the second anniversary of their separation.

Outside Buckingham Palace, where Charles and Diana kissed on the balcony in front of cheering crowds on their 1981 wedding day, most tourists said they hoped the fairy tale would somehow get back on course."They should get back together," said Christine O'Malley from Sacramento, Calif. "It was such a dream marriage - it can't end like this."

"Diana is a true princess," said Graziella Berreta from Uruguay. "And you can't have a divorced princess, can you?"

The royal couple appear in no hurry to make the split final, even though they can do so without a messy court hearing.

Charles, who admitted adultery in a controversial television documentary, told his biographer he had no plans to divorce.

His beloved grandmother, the 94-year-old Queen Mother, is opposed to divorce and he may wish to spare her the distress of witnessing a permanent parting.

Diana, shaken by allegations she had an affair with cavalry officer James Hewitt, fears that if she makes the first move, she could lose her two young sons, Prince William, 12, and Prince Harry, 10, and see her popularity plummet.

"I really hope they don't divorce," said Elaine Holloway from northern England, a 91-year old making her first visit to Buckingham Palace.

One of the few tourists at the palace who thought the couple should divorce was Petra Onderka, a German student from Hamburg.

"She can divorce him - great," she said. "I would have done it long ago. But I would never have married a man like that anyway."

Diana, once a blushing 20-year-old bride who was married in a glittering ceremony at London's St. Paul's Cathedral, could have sued for divorce after her husband publicily admitted to adultery.