I was a big Princess Diana fan. In fact, one of the golden moments of my life was standing beside the dining room table in the Governor’s Mansion in Sydney, Australia, and realizing that it was the same table in the room where she and Charles hosted those state dinners after William was born. (It doesn’t take much to thrill me.)
So when I was in London last July, I signed up for a tour of Buckingham Palace, and I tried to soak in as much royal heritage and Diana-ness as possible.
Naturally, I have an innate fondness for her sons--both of whom seem to have matured into responsible young men who would have made her proud.
And I am delighted with William’s apparent “choice” of Kate Middleton. She seems to understand his lifestyle, and to make him happy.
While rumors continue to fly that he’s going to pop the question, I heard another rumor while I was in London, that apparently--like his Uncle Andrew and Aunt Fergie did so many years ago--William and Kate are already secretly living together.
I’m not sure if I believe this. Yes, Andrew got away with it. But the press being what it is today, I can’t help thinking that the British--if not the American--press would “out” them. Or maybe they have and I just haven’t heard?
But in any case, William and Kate seem like a terrific couple, and given the difficulties of his childhood and the daunting demands of the days ahead of him, I wish them both every happiness. And I hope Diana is smiling down on them.
What I’m reading: an Advanced Reader Copy of Graffiti Girl by Kelly Parra
Top Ten Uses for An Unworn Prom Dress, available a week from today
How to Hook a Hottie, Spring 2008