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The entire story of how she planned to meet him sounds too much of cunning and devious, not a sweet and ethical lady
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Old 03-21-2006, 12:27 AM
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I don't know what pics have been posted already but I added a bunch of hola! and rex features pics to a gallery from imagehigh.com
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Old 03-21-2006, 01:34 AM
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The entire story of how she planned to meet him sounds too much of cunning and devious, not a sweet and ethical lady
I'm sorry to ask this, if it was previously in the thread, but how did she plan to meet him? How did they meet? I thought he saw her on a fashion runway.

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Old 03-21-2006, 02:21 AM
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They met at St. Andrews. Some people believe that she only attended so that she could go out with him. However, it was annonced that he was going there and/or applying after it was too late for people to apply for that year, so that is basically an unfounded and far-stretched rumor (in my opinion).

They lived in the same dorm building, St. Salvadors and they apparently were freinds before the fashion show although he did pay a hefty sum to see her in the front row.
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Old 03-21-2006, 08:46 AM
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I Think it will be soon but unlike some people I Do not think the press is forcing it I Belive they are both ready :) Ive Heard he Wont pass Sandhurst till December so that will Definately be a factor. Where would the Annoucement come from ??? Where do you THINK theyll Marry (I Know its all speculation at this point) but still...
Does anyone remember how it was with prince Charles and the ladies he dated but did not marry? Did he present them (or some of them) to the queen and his father? Were some invited to Balmoral? Did he share a bedroom in one of the Royal residences?

I'm just asking because I'm not sure all the hinta of acceptance of Kate by the Royal family do mean that there is an upcoming wedding so I'm looking for the way Charles and his parents handled his girlfriends. Because if he took someone else but Diana to the same appointments that William takes Kate, then it doesn't mean anything IMHO.

So, if you can remember, please cue me in. Thank you.
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Old 03-21-2006, 08:59 AM
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In any case, i dont think charles is handling Wills' relationship the same way his mother handled his. Times have changed and he has lots of experience on his back to redo the same way.
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Old 03-21-2006, 09:14 AM
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Old 03-21-2006, 09:28 AM
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Does anyone remember how it was with prince Charles and the ladies he dated but did not marry? Did he present them (or some of them) to the queen and his father? Were some invited to Balmoral? Did he share a bedroom in one of the Royal residences?

I'm just asking because I'm not sure all the hinta of acceptance of Kate by the Royal family do mean that there is an upcoming wedding so I'm looking for the way Charles and his parents handled his girlfriends. Because if he took someone else but Diana to the same appointments that William takes Kate, then it doesn't mean anything IMHO.

So, if you can remember, please cue me in. Thank you.
When the princes dated titled and aristocratic ladies, it was common for the Queen and Prince Philip to see them and their families at normal social events because they socialized in the same circles. Everybody who is anybody in royal and aristocratic circles goes to Ascot, for example.

When Charles was dating Lady Jane Wellesley, the Queen invited the Duke and Duchess of Wellington to one of the royal estates. The press made a big deal out of it but the Duke said that they were friends with the Queen and Prince Philip from before and that it meant nothing more.

Since Wills and Harry are dating outside the aristocratic circle, I don't know how significant it is for Kate to meet Charles and Camilla.
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Old 03-21-2006, 10:47 AM
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When the princes dated titled and aristocratic ladies, it was common for the Queen and Prince Philip to see them and their families at normal social events because they socialized in the same circles. Everybody who is anybody in royal and aristocratic circles goes to Ascot, for example.

Since Wills and Harry are dating outside the aristocratic circle, I don't know how significant it is for Kate to meet Charles and Camilla.
I don't think it is as significant for Charles and Camilla to meet their son's girlfriends, most parents get introduced to a variety of boy/girlfriends before they bring home the one they hope to make their significant other.

It has become harder to maintain the old protocols, now that they are dating girls from a different background and I should imagine that they, like many parents have had to change with the times. :)
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Old 03-21-2006, 11:00 AM
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I don't think it is as significant for Charles and Camilla to meet their son's girlfriends, most parents get introduced to a variety of boy/girlfriends before they bring home the one they hope to make their significant other.

It has become harder to maintain the old protocols, now that they are dating girls from a different background and I should imagine that they, like many parents have had to change with the times. :)

I agree. I do not believe that Charles would allow William to make the same mistake he did with regard to marriage and love. Charles has learned his lesson. Besides that, William seems clever enough to see where his dad went wrong about that, and also seems clever enough not to do the same thing.
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Old 03-21-2006, 11:29 AM
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Do you think that we are seeing another Sophie? I think that not only has Charles learned his leason, but the royal family as well. If kate is the one maybe they are giving her alot of time like sophie. It seems that Sophie has had a better time than Diana. Could we be looking at a 5 to 6 year courtship?
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Old 03-21-2006, 11:46 AM
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I agree with you I think it will be awhile before they get engaged, and I think once they do they will be engaged for a long time (such as Princess Maxima who I think was engaged for a year before she married Prince Willem Alexander)
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Old 03-21-2006, 12:03 PM
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Do you think that we are seeing another Sophie? I think that not only has Charles learned his leason, but the royal family as well. If kate is the one maybe they are giving her alot of time like sophie. It seems that Sophie has had a better time than Diana. Could we be looking at a 5 to 6 year courtship?
That is a good point and I think it might be dead on. Didn't Sophie begin dating Edward in 1993? Certainly, it was no later than 1994 when the "courtship" began. When did they become engaged? 1998?
I think, however, that more reasons were behind that than meet the eye. I recall Jonathan Dimbleby suggesting that a reason for the postponement was related to the monarchy's wish not to overshadow Charles and his big year, the big anniversary for the Investiture. After all that was done, I think Edward and Sophie were more free to proceed. This is just a theory, so I'm not saying that a wish to "break Sophie in" so to speak was not a bigger reason. But I have the impression, there were other things involved besides a wish to avoid another Diana debacle.
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Old 03-21-2006, 12:22 PM
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Of course BRF learned some lessons from the mistakes regarding Diana and Sarah but its a little much to interpret every move they make regarding Kate as not wanting to repeat the same mistakes.

Right now William is charting new ground as a British heir with the type of woman he is dating so its hard to tell what anything means unless we see a ring on her finger.
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Old 03-21-2006, 12:38 PM
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Of course BRF learned some lessons from the mistakes regarding Diana and Sarah but its a little much to interpret every move they make regarding Kate as not wanting to repeat the same mistakes.

Right now William is charting new ground as a British heir with the type of woman he is dating so its hard to tell what anything means unless we see a ring on her finger.
I also think that the way Charles is handling the courtship is his experience with finding Camilla years ago who was really the love of heart. So, perhaps the way that he is more accepting of the boys girlfriends and trying not to say "no" is giving the boys the chance to find out on their own who their significant other will be, instead of the crown. But at the same time, the crown must be considered and so there are certain functions that the so-called "commoner" isn't invited to because of protocol behaviors that not everyone is familiar with and thus could setup embarrassing situations.

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Old 03-21-2006, 04:33 PM
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Just to comment on the possibility being batted around that Kate only went to St. Andrew's to meet William and "planned" to "get" him, for lack of better words.... I seriously doubt any of that is true. I imagine that someone as cautious as William (and we know he is cautious!) would be able to see right through someone who just wants to use him like that. I think I remember William saying just that himself in an interview. "I can spot that pretty quickly in someone," he said (obviously, paraphrasing). Basically, he just meant that he knows right off if someone is sincere or not. So I don't think he would have moved in with Kate, shared two different homes with her during university, let her go on weekend trips to balmoral with him, invited her to other holidays, if he had in any way suspected she was a user.
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i think kate looks great! the outfit suits her well and i loved the hat!
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Old 03-21-2006, 07:08 PM
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Poor kATE she cant seem to do anything right. She is just a young girl for heavens sake. Give her time to learn how to do "the right things" according to the media. Remember what Diana went thru? Iam sure William remembers as well. The media tore her apart as far as clothes, the look on her face, how she stood etc etc.If I, for one ,were thrown into that part of being a princes girlfriend and everywhere I looked there were the cameras just dying to see if I was going to goof up Iam sure I would goof up many times. Her sense of style is her own. I for one would love to know where she got her brown purse with the buckles on.
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Old 03-22-2006, 01:01 AM
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I think the British are doing very well when it comes to modernizing. I think they should take a que from the Danish monarchy and focus more on preparing their princesses, but they already knew that, ie the Countess of Wessex. Camilla has probably had the most training out of all of the princesses. She's been observing royal protocol and talking personally to PoW for years, she probably doesn't need all that much guidance and adjusted very well to the life. Kate seems to be doing very well as well. It's amazing what support can do.
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I Think Kate will go very (And I Also belive) she posses the stuff to stay humble I Just love watching these two !!! :)
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