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Prince William on Marriage: Wait and See

When it comes to marriage, Prince William has a big decision to make as does his potential wife. Whoever he proposes to will likely be the Queen of England one day with all the glamour, tradition, and stress that comes with it. Perhaps it's this pressure that's causing the royal looker and his girlfriend Kate Middleton to advance somewhat slowly toward marriage. When asked yesterday if he planned on getting married soon, he said: "As I keep saying, wait and see."

So after seven years of dating, it seems like a royal wedding is on the horizon, but you never know. Would you bail on a relationship of seven years if you didn't have a ring on it, or do you favor dating for years before considering marriage?

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sparklestar sparklestar 7 years
FYI though... she'd never be "Queen" of England. He would be King and she would be a Princess of somewhere. Just as we have Queen Elizabeth and /Prince/ Phillip. He's not King of England. We only have one Monarch. =)
sparklestar sparklestar 7 years
Everything William does is planned out for him and I am assuming it has been the same for Kate too. Their engagement and proposal will all be mapped out somewhere in the future, likely after he has done a few tours with the armed forces. Isn't he still in training? There is no rush when you are royalty, even though Prince Charles may disagree. ;)
suziryder suziryder 7 years
In a normal relationship, I'd say 7 years is too long to still be indecisive - for me! But my hubby and I got engaged at 8 months, so my perspective is a bit skewed - each relationship is different, and to each their own, I say. But when you're going to be king and queen of England (or king and consort or whatever!) I think there's a huge difference. He'd be asking her to be the head of state (symbolic or whatever, but still there's a lot of responsibility!), and to be a public servant for the rest of her life, and to be photographed and followed by paparazzi for the rest of her life. And she would be under pressure to have kids. Lots of kids until they had a boy, right? It's good that they're taking it slowly and seriously. Plus, his parents' marriage fell apart in a big, ugly way when he was a kid, so I'm sure he's being very careful about this.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
I actually would talk about it, and probably bail. I know that in his situation it's more complicated, but for me, If we've been in a relationship for five years or longer and you're still unsure about if you're ready to commit to me then you have issues that I don't need to stick around for. I mean a guy may not believe in marriage but if his girlfriend does and he really does love her and wants to still be with her, why not give that to her? She knows he wont value the social stigma of it, but what harm is there? I personally told my boyfriend this. I said if after five years of dating, you still dunno if i'm the one, then you have trust, commitment, and or some other issue that I am not responsible for helping you get over. It's not my job, and i wont stick around to baby you.
mix-tape mix-tape 7 years
I'd rather date for a long time then get married, rather than rush into it. I dated my last boyfriend for 4 years, so I'd at least like to match that before I get a ring, just to be sure he's the right one.
ckeller825 ckeller825 7 years
I've been dating my boyfriend for 5 years, and I'm turning 27 this year. For me, marriage isn't really that important at this time in my life, and maybe they're not 100% ready for it yet. Why does it matter how long they've been dating, anyway?
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Again, this fascination with marriage, as if it's every girl's final goal....Geez, no I wouldn't bail if we were serious. My boyfriend and I have been together for 3 years and have a daughter and house together. We are not enganged and won't be in the near future for many reasons (all financial actually). I know we are planning on staying together, so I could really care less. I think William is serious about her and it's good that they are taking it really slowly!
schnuppi schnuppi 7 years
I think it depends on the relationship. In this case I would actually not be too thrilled about getting married. Kate is followed by the media already as it is and as soon as she gets married to Prince William it will be even worse. Every step she takes will be commented and she has to follow a certain protocol. If I would be her I wouldn't be in a hurry to get married.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
After seven years I would want to know where we were going. Am I going to be an eternal girlfriend, or are we something more than that? If we were gonne be together forever regardless of the ring, have kids, grow old and all that yap then I wouldn't bail. But after seven years, if I was just the girl who picked up the beer and did his laundry I'd bail. (Hell after 7 days of that I'd bail. :p)
DorthyOz DorthyOz 7 years
i second midenginer. it's good the two of them are taking the next step towards marriage seriously. they set a good example for other younger love birds in this stance. however of course each person/couple will do their own thing regardless of what family, friends, or others do or feel. they're gonna do what's right for them.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
It's been six and a half years for me and I'm down with not getting married. It doesn't make a difference to me one way or the other.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I guess it would depend on the reason why we weren't married yet. In this case, it's a little more complex than my own relationship. But hey, the relationship is still well and functional after seven years? A lot of marriages don't even last that long!
ladyv ladyv 7 years
Sigh. I always thought I would marry Prince William! Too bad ;)
medenginer medenginer 7 years
I think it depends on the circumstance. In the real world it depends if your both wanting marriage. In his case it makes a huge difference since it affects a country and he knows that. He has seen the outcome when his parents marriage didn't work out.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
Marriage isn't really important to me so I wouldn't bail. I know many people who are not married to each other but are in happy, healthy, and committed long term relationships.
lauraxtc lauraxtc 7 years
i dont believe in marriage so I wouldn't bail. If he were to propose and I really loved him, I would except, but it wouldn't make a difference to me.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
After seven years I would bell. I don't want to be someone's eternal girlfriend. Is a waist of my time.
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