"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a singleton in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a pre-nup." So the saying goes.

The more canny of those amongst you, dear readers, will be aware that while a pre-nuptial agreement is not strictly binding in the Courts of England and Wales, it can carry (with sufficiently sensible drafting) decisive weight in the unfortunate event of a breakdown of matrimonial bliss.

Those in contemplation of marriage would be well-advised to seek the advice of their solicitors swiftly upon their betrothal in order to ensure that discussions can be held in a constructive and timely manner, while the wedding ceremony is many months hence. Many a disorganised couple have found to their detriment that advancing such considerations in haste can result in countless sleepless nights immediately prior to the impending celebrations. This sadly and inevitably (utterly needlessly) detracts from the enjoyment of their engagement and could best be avoided with planning, preparation and the assistance and advice of a trusted and appropriately qualified professional.

While the Duke and Duchess of Hastings may not have signed a pre-nuptial agreement in the circumstances of their expedited ceremony, those who do take advice prior to their marriage and arrange their affairs accordingly may rest safe in the knowledge that they have been prudent in their financial and family affairs.

Indeed, such couples are in good company. There is a long history of pre-nuptial agreements (in one form or another) which date back many centuries, not least as there are, of course, advantages to both parties in undertaking a careful review of their affairs prior to making an enduring commitment for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health.

Entering in to married life with a clear awareness of one's circumstances (and those of your chosen life partner) and a mutually agreed blueprint for the future could indeed be said to be the most modern way to marry.

Therefore, take heed dear readers - make haste - direct to the solicitor's office (or zoom conference) …!