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Marriage trouble for Nicole Richie and Joel Madden?

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Nicole Richie always gave the illusion that she had a great marriage. Maybe it was just that — an illusion.

In Touch reports that the reality star has taken steps toward ending her four-year marriage to rocker Joel Madden, meeting with a top L.A. divorce lawyer. Apparently, their busy schedules plus parenting two kids are causing stress.

“The last thing she wants is a public split with the children involved, but she’s desperately unhappy,” the source shares.

Richie stepped out on April 24 without her wedding ring and again while running errands two days later.

In related news, Richie’s sister-in-law Cameron Diaz is also said to be having issues with her husband of less than a year, Joel’s twin brother, Benji. The Good Charlotte musician recently got a gig with his sibling on Australia’s The Voice, which means lots of travel and no time for babymaking. The actress, 42, is said to want to start a family sooner rather than later.

TWO SPECIALS

If you didn’t hear enough about Bruce Jenner’s gender transition during his recent interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, the E! network wants to fix that. The network said it will air a two-part Keeping up With the Kardashians at 9 p.m. May 17-18. The programs promise to capture intimate conversations and emotional moments that Jenner shares with his family as they discuss his transition into life as a woman. Featured are Jenner’s ex-wife Kris Jenner, as well as Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie.

WHAT’S IN A NAME

It’s a name that immediately evokes British royal history: Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, announced the name they picked for Britain’s newborn princess, who will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Charlotte also features in Kate’s family, as the middle name of her sister, Pippa Middleton. Charles Spencer, Diana’s brother, approved. “Perfect names. My 2-year-old Charlotte Diana will be thrilled at cousinly name-sharing,” he tweeted.

Britain’s royal history includes several Charlottes, a name with French origins, but most lived at least 200 years ago. Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III, founded London’s Kew Gardens. Born in 1744, the queen had 15 children — including one Princess Charlotte. George IV also named his only child Charlotte in 1796, but she died in childbirth at the age of 21 in 1817.

The new princess will be formally christened in the coming weeks, when her godparents will likely be announced.

JONI UPDATE

An attorney says ailing singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell may be released from the hospital in a few days. Attorney Alan Watenmaker cited Mitchell’s possible release as the reason for why one of the singer’s longtime friends needed to be appointed as her conservator during a court hearing Monday. A judge agreed and gave Leslie Morris emergency powers to make decisions about Mitchell’s healthcare and lifestyle. Morris, Mitchell’s friend of more than 40 years, petitioned last week to become the Grammy winner’s conservator because there are no relatives who could serve.

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