In this past weekend’s style section, the Royal Wedding spy got to know Prince William and Harry’s best and worst friend: Guy Pelly. Mr. Pelly is the kind of lad who leads his mates into all sorts of troubling terrain. Now he is organizing the bachelor party of his lifetime for his friend Prince William.
But the Royal Wedding Spy wonders how much trouble Guy Pelly can get his friends into this time? With the state of tabloid journalism in the UK where every participant in these bachelor shenanigans may speak, wouldn’t Mr. Pelly be better off keeping the event more low key? Hasn’t he gotten these two young princes in enough trouble for one lifetime?
The Royal Wedding Spy will wait and see!
The Royal Wedding Spy wondered whether royal weddings are like any other family weddings? Is there the royal relative who won’t get off the dance floor? Which royal relative gets in a fight with another royal relative? Is there a royal child turned flower girl who refuses to sprinkle petals down the aisle?
Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia shared some of the realities of royal weddings when I profile him in March. He recalls the royal wedding where the late Queen Mum was constantly playing practical jokes.
The Royal Wedding Spy wonders which relatives will create the most ruckus at the upcoming nuptials???
After royal wedding paper dolls of Kate Middleton popped up on Tumblr, I asked my friend Kathleen to dig up her paper dolls from the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The Royal Wedding Spy wonders how different the paper dolls for Will and Kate will be compared to these royals in paper. How could these paper doll designers tone down Princess Diana’s puffy sleeves? The Royal Wedding Spy calls that blasphemous! (Photo: Michael Krichmar)
Are you going to cycle to the Abbey?
—The apparent response by the Queen when she heard of William and Kate’s plans for Kate to take a car to the church before her wedding.
(Source: The Huffington Post)
The subject of Prince William’s balding head has taken up a surprising amount of time lately as I’ve heard more women chat about it: How convenient for the prince to propose just as his locks are perilously and precipitously receding! The Sunday Styles story explored the correlation between hairlines and male confidence recently:
As Kate Middleton prepares her lovely raven locks for her wedding day, what is the Prince going to do? Will he shave his head down like so many men with receding hairlines? Will his military uniform be a nice cover for his head?
The Royal Wedding Spy will just have to wait and see!
As Princess Diana’s dresses make the rounds here in the US, an exhibit of them in Michigan shows that many people can’t forget the mother of the groom and especially her wide-sleeved wedding frock.
When I wrote a story about the Queen’s hats and handbags collection for the Washington Post, I saw some of these gowns left by the late Princess of Wales. While Queens Elizabeth’s gowns surely outshone her daughter-in-law for their embroidery and material, she couldn’t keep up with how beautifully Princess Diana carried the plainest frocks. She could have worn a trash bag and looked regal.
The royal spy wonders how long it may take Kate to adopt her own royal style?
With all of the commotion surrounding the upcoming royal wedding, it’s easy to forget that not all royal weddings are all that lavish or royal. When Princess Marianne of Sweden visited New York City in November, she described her wedding day as a modest event that took place on a summer’s day. But that modest wedding was no barometer for the 40 happily married years that followed. She knew Princess Diana, but doesn’t expect to be invited to the upcoming royal wedding. She just hoped for the couple as many years of happiness as she had.
The Royal Spy wonders about the correlation between lavish royal weddings and happy marriages for these royal couples. A friend always says “the bigger the wedding, the shorter the marriage.” Let’s hope that’s not the case for this royal couple.
As news outlets around the world debate whether Sarah Ferguson should be allowed to attend the wedding of her nephew Prince William, the discussions made me think about how the guest list was handled for a recent celebrated wedding in the U.S. While we may not have royals, we watched the wedding of Chelsea Clinton last summer. As reporters, we all headed to Rhinebeck to see what heads of state attended. We tried to confirm rumors of celebrities ranging from Oprah to Beyonce.
But when the actual wedding day arrived, celebrities were few and far between. It was a wedding filled with friends of the bride and groom and a healthy number of relatives from Arkansas. Oprah was not spotted for miles!
That leads to the question whether Kate and William will have that much freedom? Will this day surround them with the family and friends they grew up with or will it be more about their very public roles?
The royal wedding spy will wait and see!