I have literally been tearing up all day over Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton, and when I saw that she was wearing Princess Diana’s engagement ring it turned into full blown crying!
I’m not sure why I feel so attached to Prince William or why I care so much about a new royal wedding. I guess it’s because I loved Princess Diana as a young girl.
I was 10-years-old when Prince Charles marred Diana in July of 1981. My oldest daughter will be exactly that age when Prince William marries next spring or summer. I clearly remember my mother waking me up in the middle of the night to watch the wedding. I loved it so much and always felt an attachment to Princess Diana. That Christmas my mother gave me a large book of photos of the Royal Wedding, and I remember poring over every photo of the gown, the ring, and her honeymoon photos. (I was baffled by Prince Charles’ kilt.)
It was heartbreaking to learn so many years later that even on their honeymoon Diana was unhappy. I was working a temp job at The Daily News in New York City the week that Princess Diana died. It was amazing watching the paper’s staff cover her death and the funeral.
I will definitely wake up Rose to watch the next Royal Wedding and will find her a large photo story book so she can remember all the pageantry. (I took Rose to see the Princess Diana exhibit last spring. Princess Di’s wedding dress was there. She loved it and all the other clothes as well.)
I posted about the royal engagement on Facebook today and was surprised by negative comments.
One friend wrote:
“tearing up??…come on…. yet another wedding with a bunch of rich royals??…..blah, blah, blah….I think I should keep my daughter away from this viewing since it might make her actually think that fairy tales do come true. again…blah….”
Another friend wondered if she would bother to wake up early for it.
Will you wake up early to watch the wedding? Will you wake up your children to share the experience? If so why do you want to share that? If not, why don’t you want your child to watch? Do you feel an attachment to Prince William? Is it because of his mother and we were young when she wed?