April 26, 2011

{Kate's Fairy Tale}

[excerpt from the upcoming book, The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride: How Princess Diana Exposed the 'Princess Myth' for All Women]

As a little girl, from all accounts I've read, Diana Spencer had a vivid imagination and a deep intuitive sense about life that continued as an adult. And she used some of these powerful childhood imaginings to escape a stressful life, accepting a proposal for an arranged marriage when she thought it was to be a relationship about fulfilling her fairy tale of love and security. But she also had big dreams of doing something special with her life; a vision of making a difference in the world. Her immaturity and lack of well-being, however, limited her in having her “fairy tale” bring contentment and personal joy.

Fast-forward almost thirty years to the day when another princess-to-be is on the threshold of marriage to a would-be king. Here we have the fiancĂ© of Diana’s oldest son, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton and at 29, older, wiser, worldlier, calmer, more educated and more grounded than the barely 20 year-old, starry-eyed Diana. But I would guess that Kate was not without her own fairy-tale imaginings. Only 19 when she met William during their first term at the University of St. Andrews, I just bet that she had a crush on him from the start and at some point early on in their long, more than eight-year friendship, fell deeply in love. But the difference in her fairy tale is that she fell in love with the man, not the image as it seems her late mother-in-law did.

Thanks to a more open, less rule-bound world (and thanks to Diana’s rebellious nature, deep connection to her sons and an insistence on a more normal upbringing for them), Kate and William have had the opportunity to get to know each other, become friends, fall in love, stay friends, live together, talk about their commitment to each other and their plans for the future (including the reality of a duty-bound royal life) and begin forming a partnership of equals.

A few weeks before Kate and William’s wedding, Newsweek magazine ran a cover story titled “Citizen Kate”—with a very close-up, casual photograph of a lovely, happy, centered Kate. (And with the caption, "Kate the Great: In a world gone to hell, thank God, a wedding!"). Allison Pearson interviewed friends of the couple for the article and shared this quote from a friend of the young prince: “‘He’s always been keen to live life his own way, and that’s been very evident in the way he’s taken so long about making this decision. They’re very determined not to make their domestic happiness a casualty of royal life. They’ve built up a strong friendship, obviously a strong physical relationship, and they love each other a lot.’”

Protective, loyal, respectful, loving, insightful, patient and calm, the future queen of England knows her man!~

[Other excerpts from the upcoming book, The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride, will be posted soon. The next post will be a "report" from Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding!]

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