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Old 04-14-2007, 12:51 PM
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This does makes sense. William has always said he didn't want to get married for before 28 (?) I think it was. But with the press and others betting wagers ask to when he would pop the question, etc. if he continued to just date her as they have been, they would soon be calling her the royal mistress instead of girlfriend. If I'm not mistaken they have had other cooling off periods before and this could just be a way to give both of them a break from the media pressure. For all we know they could still be seeing each other secretly or at least communicating by tex or e-mail. I also don't think they want another Camilla situation which can be tricky because Kate could up and marry while William is debating the issue and then history would repeat itself. We'll just have to see what happens down the road I guess.
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:05 PM
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As the future king he should get his life in order. He strikes me as not really wanting to be king. Anything but. He needs to just get on with it. He is hiding in my opinion first university then the army to avoid the media and what his purpose was in life.

Kate was probably tired of waiting around for him to make a decision. He is going to end up like his Father. Chasing the love of his life after she got tired of waiting for him to make a move.

At least I believe his Father has always wanted to be king and will be a good one.

Sorry for the long winded post I am just frustrated with the younger royals. In a time when less and less people find the monarchy worthwhile the younger generation should be even more keen to show how useful they can be.
I understand how you feel. I am frustrated with them sometimes. But try to believe more in them and give them some credit. That's what I really try focusing on, at any rate. The thing is, maybe he is not so much "hiding" in the army as trying to find his niche in his role and his life, the same way his father had to do, and the same way we all must do. It will be years before William finds his favorite causes. Remember Prince Charles did some "hiding out" in the navy too, and before that, some RAF stints to get his wings and things. Wings and things.
And Prince Charles did not become a very serious Prince of Wales, with causes and beliefs, until about age 30, establishing the Prince's Trust at age 29 actually.
For Charles, when he was in his 20s, he had a problem with understanding what his function could be because there is no constitutional role for a Prince of Wales, and it might be worse for William because he is not even Prince of Wales but is just the "heir of the heir". That's a very ambiguous sort of role, I imagine. Most people his age have clearly defined jobs and careers. But William is like just on a waiting list for a "real job"! ;-)
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:09 PM
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well, this is dissapointing news but it was going to come one day. I never sew William proposing to Kate though she seemed like a very sweet young lady who would be fit into a princesses rold easily, i didnt see them as a couple...
I didnt think it would come this soon after seeing pictures of them at a race about a month ago.things change over night, should always keep that in mind
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:11 PM
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I It's not like the press interest will suddenly back off now that he ditched Kate.
You have a point here. IMHO he really "ditched" her if it is true. They should have made a statement together which protects her. This way it appears as if she is a golddigger and he escaped her clutches.Some way to deal with a woman he spent half a decade with and who suffered because of what he is and not vice versa!
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:13 PM
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As the future king he should get his life in order. He strikes me as not really wanting to be king. Anything but. He needs to just get on with it. He is hiding in my opinion first university then the army to avoid the media and what his purpose was in life.
I don't think you can claim that getting a higher education is "hiding" from anything, and it has always been expected that senior Princes would serve in the armed forces, that is a given in many Royal Houses.

The problem for William and Kate is that he can hardly get engaged then go off on active service, and this year is pretty well booked up with major royal events. Since a relatively short engagement is the norm for the Windsors, they would be looking at some time early next year at the earliest. From Kate's point of view she can't keep hanging around waiting for William to pop the question as she would have to put her life more on less on hold, while still being subject to the press scrutiny and intrusion.

I think what surprised us about news of the breakup is that she appeared to have been dealing with it all without (publicly at least) losing her composure, which is quite a feat under the circumstances. Maybe she and William decided they needed a break; we just have to wait and see if it's permanent.
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:14 PM
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All I really want to know is this:

HOW in the name of anything, did the Sun of all papers, get the scoop on this?

And any in case, my grandmother had a saying "If you love something, let it go. If it comes back then it was meant to be, and if not, well then...."

And for all we know she ended it and not him. Amicable is the word they are using, not He did, or she did. So we really do not know.
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:16 PM
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All I really want to know is this:

HOW in the name of anything, did the Sun of all papers, get the scoop on this?
intresting isnt it !! id say inside info or someone close leaked it
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:18 PM
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You'd think that anyone that close to Williams circle would have more grace, culture, and forethought and oh I don't know, class than to go to a rag like that.
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:22 PM
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And any in case, my grandmother had a saying "If you love something, let it go. If it comes back then it was meant to be, and if not, well then...."
Aww... Chloe on Smallville said the same thing about Clark. To Clark.
Maybe Kate is like Chloe and Jecca is the evasive Lana. Oh god, I'm comparing Prince William to Clark Kent/Superman!
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:24 PM
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You'd think that anyone that close to Williams circle would have more grace, culture, and forethought than to go to a rag like that.
Some of them must do it frequently. The Sun and the Daily Mail are always going on about what "friends of the couple" say. I always wonder what "friends" these are who sell their words to those papers.
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:27 PM
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Well, in any case, I think it would be good if we all excercised a bit of caution in believing what is written in the next few days, as I am sure all sorts of nasty things will be said. And it would not behoove any of us to believe everything that is written, nor neccessarily to comment on those things.. Especially the ones that seem so off base, as there are sure to be many
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:28 PM
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The Sun 'Royal Reporter' who appears to have broken the story is Duncan Larcombe, who isn't a familiar name. Richard Kay must be seething.
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:33 PM
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And any in case, my grandmother had a saying "If you love something, let it go. If it comes back then it was meant to be, and if not, well then...."

And for all we know she ended it and not him. Amicable is the word they are using, not He did, or she did. So we really do not know.

I think it was amicable. I also agree that both decided to put a breather on their relationship as they both went off and did what they needed to do in their lives--for William the military and for Kate--work. I also think their is a probability that both will be back together. William's military career and his new-found military friends makes him needing to test other waters, continue to drink and party heavily and make an *ss of himself without the fear and worry his 'girlfriend' will be ratting at him after the press catches him again enjoying himself in the company of other women without her. Perhaps this is best for the couple.

It is also interesting that this 'steady & strong' relationship hasn't lasted as well as Harry's & Chelsy's. Unless of course, Chelsy is more forgiving and understanding that there will be competition and time away from Harry that she can't stop. With Kate, she's a smart lady who does expect some trouble in a relationship, but won't be or want to be made a fool of--even though he's a prince. Anyway, that's my take on this breakup.

And as the saying goes above, time will tell if it was love or just convenience.
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:37 PM
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Who knows this could just be William and Kate's way of keeping the press off her backwhile he is busy with his military duties.
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:38 PM
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The Sun 'Royal Reporter' who appears to have broken the story is Duncan Larcombe, who isn't a familiar name. Richard Kay must be seething.
Duncan from The Sun is kinda on the rise. He is usually the Sun royal watcher in recent years, isn't he? Richard Kay's star might be fading. He was the hot stuff royal watcher in the 90s because of Diana. Now he's not close to any royals because he backed the "losing" side. I don't see Duncan being a royal insider, but I think he has his spies in all the "right" circles.
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:40 PM
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I'm really sorry to see this. I thought they were such a well-matched couple.

Perhaps they were 'too well-matched', especially after the criticism of their 'matching tweeds' at Cheltenham where I read they were criticised for looking like an old couple. I actually liked their tweeds, but many others didn't. As such, if they themselves read the report and walking away feelilng that this was another critical zing in their relationship and thus made them looked already married and far removed from their contemporaries; and, such gave a different look into a relationship that may have already been plagued with trouble due to intense media, it was one of the last straws to break this couple's relationship down. Just a conjecture albiet not really a strong one, but more an observation and opinion.
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What really suprises me is that everyone, including major networks and papers, have seemed to taken the Sun's word for it. Isn't the Sun a tabloid paper? I could see others picking up on the story if the BBC or something like that had broken the story but I am suprised so many news outlets seem to be taking what the Sun said as a fact.
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Who knows this could just be William and Kate's way of keeping the press off her backwhile he is busy with his military duties.
I have thought so as well. They need the breathing room that other couples have to make the mistakes, to break-up numerous times then find themselves back together after loving and learning. We are also dealing with two bright individuals with minds of their own, albiet less for William as he has the 'firm' to answer to, more than Kate. I also feel for Kate's family who had opened up their door and life to William making him part of their family and enjoying what it's like to be a family outside of palace doors. His friendship with Kate's family probably brought a lot of contentment, privacy and enjoyment of a world he hadn't known, which is a world many on this forum have lived and enjoyed.
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What really suprises me is that everyone, including major networks and papers, have seemed to taken the Sun's word for it. Isn't the Sun a tabloid paper? I could see others picking up on the story if the BBC or something like that had broken the story but I am suprised so many news outlets seem to be taking what the Sun said as a fact.

Well, we will see what happens in the next week. I think they have decided a moratorium on their relationship to give each other a break from the intrusion of the press. Afterall, these last few weeks have been tough on both. They need the break, not only from the media, but from each other to live a freer life without feeling they might offend or hurt the other whenever the press snaps a picture here and there in compromsing positions.
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best o' luck to them both. they're still very young...
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