On Nov. 16, 2010, Prince William and Kate Middleton formally announced their engagement to a world that has been speculating about the possibility of an engagement heavily for three years-plus. Prince William popped the question to Kate in Kenya after three weeks of carrying his mother’s oval sapphire engagement ring around in a knapsack, according to the Washington Post. Even now, just a day after the original announcement, speculation about the details of a “royal wedding” is ripe. What will the bride wear? When will the wedding be? How much will the ceremony and royal reception cost?
All of this speculation immediately calls to mind a somewhat prestigious wedding hosted here in America in the summer of 2010. In the months, weeks and days leading up to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding on July 21, there was not an American cable news channel or publication without at least a comment dedicated to the wedding. People wanted to know whose dress Chelsea would be wearing (Vera Wang), if President Bill Clinton would lose the weight Chelsea wanted him to pre-wedding (he did), and how much the entire affair would cost (estimates put the wedding at around $3 million). These very same questions, minus the weight loss, are exactly what people already want to know about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials!
So far, Chelsea Clinton’s marriage to Marc Mezvinsky seems to be as low-key and publicly happy as their equally private courtship. While both have been snapped by paparazzi and regular press photographers at events since their wedding, they remain private otherwise. Clinton and Mezvinsky did not avoid public places during the few years they dated prior to marriage or previously when they were “just dear friends.” They merely avoided seeking out attention.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have similarly avoided the glaring eye of the paparazzi throughout much of their nearly decade-long courtship. The couple has been snapped together at some casual outings, and any royal function or official event has naturally turned up numerous snapshots of the couple; but far and away the couple has avoided the photo stalkings reserved for celebrities who frequent paparazzi hot beds for dinner and drinks.
William and Middleton have been a couple for a long time already and have weathered storms of moderate media attention throughout this period. While their royal wedding will increase this attention to a fevered pitch in the coming months, after the nuptials are said and time passes, they should be able to return to the relatively low-key lifestyle they enjoyed previously, just as Chelsea and Marc have done.
Also like Clinton and Mezvinsky, any time they venture to a public event, they will be square in the public eye for a moment but will be able to pull back later. Until Prince William and Kate Middleton become the king and queen of England at some point in the distant future, they should be able to avoid intense scrutiny and the relationship challenges that come with it.
“Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding an Instant Guide.” The Week.
“How Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky Found Love.” UsWeekly.