Evelyn Waugh and Vatican Divorce

  • Donat Gallagher


Over the last two years several friends rung to tell me that Evelyn Waugh’s first wife had been on television and revealed that the Vatican’s annulment of the Waugh marriage was a sham. Waugh had persuaded her to testify to the Roman Catholic marriage court, falsely, that before marrying they had decided they would ‘never have children’ — and it was this untruth that won the case.


Marriage Ceremony Mutual Consent Definitive Arrangement Legal Marriage Civil Marriage 
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