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The moving love story between writer Jan Morris and her ex-wife, who she re-married after her sex change
By GEOFFREY LEVY FOR THE DAILY MAIL UPDATED: 21:03 GMT, 4 June 2008
   

The ceremony binding them in a civil partnership was simple and brief, with no fuss or nuptial excitement.

The two ladies who made their statements of commitment and signed the register in their local council offices were far from young - one was 84, the other 81.

The toast to their future happiness was performed with cups of tea. It signalled the final inspiring chapter in an extraordinary and rather beautiful love story that not even Hollywood could have dreamed up.

The younger of the women was Jan Morris, the distinguished author who, until medical intervention in the early Seventies, was struggling to live as James Morris.

The older one, Elizabeth, was the girl who the earlier James had fallen desperately in love with and married in 1949 when both were in their 20s.

Some 36 years ago, after surgery and hormone treatment had helped turn James into Jan, they were divorced.

'We didn't want to divorce - we loved each other very much - but we were told we had to because two women cannot be man and wife,' said Elizabeth yesterday.

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Newly-wed: Jan Morris today (left) and when she was James Morris


But their love held. They never parted.

The couple had three sons and a daughter (another daughter died in infancy) and their devotion was so strong that they continued to live together in an old house in Gwynedd, Wales, with the famous author referring to her former wife as her 'sister-in-law'.

Yesterday, Miss Morris, as the law post-operatively christened her, was on a literary trip to Corfu.

She was recently named as the 15th greatest British writer since World War II.

Meanwhile, Mrs Morris, as Elizabeth has continued to be called, served herself a cold lunch at their home and chuckled almost like a young girl in love.

'It is rather nice to be legal again,' she said. 'Do I feel wonderful? Of course I do.'

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So why had they done it after living together as sisters-in-law all these years?

'Because we could - so we did,' she declared. Miss Morris revealed their civil union on Radio 4's Bookclub programme.

Obviously bursting with the good news, she informed listeners: 'I haven't told this to anybody before, but I have lived with the same person for 58 years.

'We were married when I was young and . . . then this sex change, so-called, happened, so we naturally had to divorce. So we were divorced, but we always lived together anyway.

'I wanted to round this thing off nicely, so last week Elizabeth and I went and had a civil union.'



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