Kate Middleton will not vow to “obey” Prince William in her wedding vows on Friday, April 29, it has been claimed. If she does not, this will be a break with Royal protocol, following a lead started by Prince William’s own mother, Lady Diana Spencer as she was then, upon her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981.
Bride-to-be Kate Middleton will instead promise to “love, comfort, honor and keep” her husband, Prince William, “until death do us part”. That vow is truer of Kate Middleton than almost any other bride in the world, because no matter how their marriage goes, divorce is unlikely be an option and Kate knows that.
Heirs to the British and Commonwealth throne are forbidden to marry divorced people and divorce in the Royal family is frowned upon by the British people, as Prince Charles found out when he and the people’s favorite, Princess Diana, divorced in 1996, a year before her tragically early death in a Paris car crash. The divorce caused Prince Charles’ popularity to plummet for years and gained no fans by marrying a divorced woman, Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are showing themselves to have a modern approach to marriage by breaking with tradition over their vows, though. It was quite controversial when Diana (then aged 20) did not promise to “obey” in her 1981 wedding vows. But in 2011, it would perhaps seem weirder if Kate did make this vow.
Diana certainly didn’t kickstart a trend. Both Sarah Ferguson (Prince Andrew’s ex-wife) and Sophie Rhys-Jones (Prince Edward’s wife) promised to obey in 1986 and 1999 respectively.
We will have to wait until April 29 in Westminster Abbey to find out the vows William (28) and Kate (29) make to each other. However, it seems most likely that Kate Middleton promise to “love, comfort, honor and keep” Prince William, according to reports.
Tell us what you think. Is Kate right to ditch “obey” from her wedding vows?