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Prince William’s Engagement: The Road to Overexposure

Updated on June 29, 2013

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Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton was announced by the Royal Family on November 16, 2010. Media frenzy immediately ensued and comparisons to Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981 were thrown about like confetti on New Year’s Eve. The engagement ring, previously belonging to Princess Diana, has taken up hours of news coverage like it was an epic revelation that a dude gave his lady his mother’s ring. While sentimental and special, that’s really not earth-shattering.

Speaking of not shocking, any report that makes this engagement sound like it was a surprise is totally off its head. They have been dating for 8 friggin’ years. It’s not like the prince was out on the town one night, plucked some pauper from the local bar and ran off to Vegas with her (although I’m sure Disney has a movie in the works with a similar plot). Besides, that would be pretty strange to take such a long plane ride just to marry a stranger.

Obviously, this is a historical event and deserves media attention. However, I can already tell that the coverage is going to be a non-stop train ride to Nauseaville. For their sake, I wish the media would give them a “Yay for you!” for like a day and then leave them alone until the wedding. It’s not like they can have a tiny intimate ceremony in the Bahamas or somewhere, and a lot of the information will be released by the Royal Press Secretary (or whatever he/she is called) eventually. In the meantime, 99% of what will be reported over the next several months will be pure speculation, then the big day will arrive and a lot of people will have sounded like complete idiots. Why not save a little bit of that hot air and all go on a balloon ride in a year?

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Happily Ever After Isn’t That Interesting

I understand the royal obsession to a point, especially since Prince William is my age.  As a young American girl, the dream of meeting a prince and living happily ever after has been shoved down my face since birth.  I’m not knocking the idea that some nice fella may ride up on a pony and pay my bills for the rest of my life, but I’m also not holding my breath waiting to be rescued from self-asphyxiation. 

The thing is, Prince William doesn’t even seem like a whole lot of fun (Prince Harry on the other hand, clearly knows how to have a good time), so what’s the appeal?  Their relationship is being built into some big fairy tale, when it truly seems like a standard run-of-the-rich-people-mill engagement.  In fact, they seem to have a way better foundation than most people, which is good since they’re going to be under ridiculous scrutiny for the rest of their lives. 

People have already remarked about the importance of their unborn children, being heirs to the throne and all.  Who are we kidding?  Queen Elizabeth is going to live forever.  She’s like 285-years old and sturdy as an oak (or some other strong tree).  I like that tough ol’ bird. 

My Point

Good job, Kate!  You snagged Wills at the peak of his hotness and stuck it out with him for way longer than most (American?) women would.  I hope that they’re happy together, but mostly, I hope that I don’t have to hear about their pending nuptials every day until they finally tie the knot in 8-10 months.  I don’t want to miss out on the real news—like celebrities crashing their cars and going to rehab.   My time is extremely valuable.

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    • Megavitamin profile imageAUTHOR

      Megavitamin 

      7 years ago

      Amanda--I agree on all accounts! Kate has been around the Royal Family long enough to know what to expect, which will help them deal with the insanity, I think. Thanks for the comment!

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      Megavitamin 

      7 years ago

      shazwellyn--Thanks for the British perspective! I completely understand why it is a big deal (especially for you guys). I feel sorry for the scrutiny they'll be under in the upcoming months.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Megavitamin profile imageAUTHOR

      Megavitamin 

      7 years ago

      Ghost32--Great point! Diana definitely brought good genes to the table. I'd much rather be doused with hours of Wills & Kate than Charles & Camilla!

    • Megavitamin profile imageAUTHOR

      Megavitamin 

      7 years ago

      WryLilt--Thanks, just wanted to keep it light!

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      Amanda Severn 

      7 years ago from UK

      The happy couple look well suited, and after 8 years together they must have a bit of a clue what to expect from each other. I hope the press doesn't overplay it in the run-up to the wedding, as they deserve a little privacy at least.

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      shazwellyn 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      Well... you asked what the big deal is... it is the accumulation of centuries of establishmentarianism, culmunating in a future heir. Us Brits have grown up and lived with Royalty in our newspapers and on the TV. Like a marriage, we all have had our ups and downs with them.

      Now couldnt be a better time for a royal engagement - during this economic darkness, there is at least something that might help to bring a nation together in times of gloom. It is something to look forward to and something to deviate away from the dreadful times ahead.

      Weddings always help an economy and brings forth a feel good factor!

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      Ghost32 

      7 years ago

      My wife and I are just visually relieved that Diana was able to thoroughly improve the gene pool. These 2 look just fine. How would you like he same level of coverage for Charles and What's-Her-Face? (Hey, the topic was Nausea, right?)

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      Susannah Birch 

      7 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Love this hub, best piece I've seen on the engagement. Good job!

    • Megavitamin profile imageAUTHOR

      Megavitamin 

      7 years ago

      Craan, I wish them the best too. I feel bad that their every move is going to be monitored so people can speculate about the details of their wedding (which they'll probably guess wrong anyway). Thanks for stopping by!

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      Sheila Craan 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Interesting analogy! I hope Prince William and Kate Middleton have a blessed marriage.

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