The whole of England is psyched with the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Catherine “Kate” Middleton on April 29, 2011. This much-anticipated wedding is seven years in the making. Their relationship started in University of St. Andrews, where they both studied.
Since then, Prince William and Kate Middleton have gone through the ups and downs typical of any young relationship, including a brief break-up in 2007. The two reconciled a few months and here they are, engaged and getting married in a few months.
But will the royal marriage of the second-in-line to the British throne and a commoner last? The divorce of Princess Diana and Prince Charles (Prince William’s parents) is still fresh in the minds of many royal watchers. The highly-controversial and much-publicized marriage was the subject of tabloids and gossip columns for several years. And even with the untimely demise of Princess Diana, the tabloids remained ruthless. How will the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton fare in all these?
A marriage of equals
Despite the stark difference in their social status, I believe this is a marriage of equals. The two started as friends during the university years, which place them on equal footing. This is very much different from the case of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, whose relationship, more or less, was a fixed one. With at least 10-year age gap, the two weren’t really friends, in the first place.
Both Prince William and Kate Middleton have university degrees–the former with Geography and the latter with History of Art (with honors). University life shielded them from the glare of papparazzis, which allowed them to be themselves while in the company of each other.
It is obvious from news reports that Kate Middleton is her own woman. She has always had a strong sense of self and her own personal style. After graduating from college, she took a job as an accessory buyer for a clothing chain. She seems unfazed with the presence of papparazzis and mostly ignores them.
Since the engagement was announced, reports have also said that Kate Middleton’s parents are partly shouldering the wedding expenses. This act was received well by the British people as their economy is quite unstable.
It was also announced recently that Prince William and Kate Middleton have decided to do away with servants to enjoy their married life together. Totally unheard of, the two made a conscious decision that they will do their own laundry, cook their meals, clean the house without the assistance of butlers and servants. This is a clear proof of the level-headedness not only of Kate but also of Prince William.