[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 fiancé 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.
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!]