Over the weekend, I did a post about these new photos we had of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who attended a wedding and even posed for some lovely photos as they were walking into church. Those photos – and the message they sent – made worldwide news, and a new and more hyperactive round of engagement rumors started up, not the first round that Will and Kate have experienced after eight years together. My take on the situation was that Waity Katy was smug because she knew the photos would buy her lots of positive press about how she could be the next Princess of Wales. I also thought that Will was probably placating her, doing the bare minimum to shut her up, because a photo op is easier than a proposal. Anyway, People Magazine got their cue and they’re running a cover story about Will and Kate and how they’ll be married forever and ever!
After years of anticipation, royal watchers say Kate Middleton may soon be walking down the aisle to wed the world’s most eligible bachelor.
One royal expert interviewed in this week’s PEOPLE cover story says Prince William will likely propose to his girlfriend of eight years in February 2011. “There won’t be an announcement before Christmas because William has got to ask the Queen first,” says longtime royal watcher Ingrid Seward. “And they will get married soon after.”
The fiercely private couple, both 28 – who almost always show up and leave events separately – sparked a new round of engagement rumors after appearing together at a friend’s Oct. 23 nuptials in Northleach, Gloucestershire. Shocking everyone, they strolled out of the stone church in full view of waiting photographers.
Might that have been a hint that their own wedding is next?
“There’s a sense this is the beginning, we may as well get used to seeing Kate in the royal arena,” says Ken Wharfe, the former bodyguard for William’s mother, the late Princess Diana. “As if this were a rehearsal.”
Oh for goodness sake. It’s not a rehearsal! She’s just a girl who has put all of her eggs into one basket, and who has no other option other than to cling to William. She doesn’t have a career. She doesn’t have any other prospects. She’s just there, for better or for worse. And I know there will be Middleton defenders who say “oh, maybe they’re in love and don’t feel the need to make it legit, I’m the same way!” You know what? You’re boyfriend isn’t the future Prince of Wales and the future King. Will’s ONLY real job in the world is to get married in the Church of England and continue the line. That’s it. Yes, he has “royal duties” but first and foremost the only thing he really has to do is just get married and have babies, and for God’s sake, if he really thought Kate was wife and mother material, he’s had ample opportunity and he hasn’t done it.
Maybe I’m wrong. Everyone really seems to think this is happening. But I think Will is trying to figure out a way to dump her and not look like an a–hole for stringing her along for eight years.
People cover courtesy of CoverAwards.