Although both Canadian and British media report Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and husband Prince William are happy as the one year anniversary of their April 29 royal wedding approaches; there’s still angst with royal watchers since Princess “Kate” is not yet expecting the next heir to the English crown. Moreover, it was revealed by canada.com this week that Prince William will present Kate with items from Princess Diana’s jewel collection “as a celebration of their first wedding anniversary this month.” Also, canada.com reported April 16 that Kate and Prince William’s wedding was “watched by two billion last April 29,” giving the Royal Family - not to mention the British economy – “an impressive bump.” However, nearly a year later, the Canadian news site noted how the world “is eagerly awaiting a bump of a more delicate kind.”
Kate and William celebrate one year married
On April 29, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Will and Kate to fans) will mark their first anniversary, “amid rabid speculation over whether the couple is expecting, as both Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana gave birth within a year of marriage,” explained canada.com April 16.
Also, the report noted that “just as Prince William waited eight years to propose, royal-watchers say it's unlikely the pair will have a baby on anyone's schedule but their own.”
"They're moving at their own pace, rather than according to outside expectations," says Carolyn Harris, founder of royalhistorian.com. "There seems to be real interest in helping Kate adjust to royal life before starting a family."
Reality, however, has done little to slow tabloid fiction, added canada.com while stating how “womb-watchers getting their best exercise jumping to conclusions.”
Also, canada.com reported how “during the duke and duchess's honeymoon, a reported ‘special order’ of Brussels sprouts had media speculating that the dish was an attempt to boost fertility, or to aid the well-being of an already pregnant mother. In November, Kate's public refusal to eat a peanut paste set off similar rumors, as expectant women are often advised to avoid nuts.”
"There's a very long history of this kind of scrutiny but with the tabloid age, it's much more in the public eye," says Harris, a doctoral candidate in history at Queen's University in Ontario.
In turn, canada.com reported how “during Henry VIII's reign, Anne Boleyn's purported craving for apples was interpreted by diplomats as evidence that she was pregnant. And in the case of Queen Henrietta Maria, who married at 15, it was presumed her decision to drink water from a supposed fertility fountain was a sure sign the girl was trying to ‘facilitate generation.’”
Royal couple reflects modern attitudes about having children
As is the case with many young married these days, canada.com noted “if Will and Kate have postponed parenthood, it won't be without a 20th century precedent — despite some media reports to the contrary. Harris notes that Queen Elizabeth II was born in 1926 and her parents, the future George VI and Queen Elizabeth, were married in 1923. Although, at the time, George VI was not aware he would be the future king and was likely without the same pressure to have children. Unfortunately, experts say such historical examples are unlikely to assuage current-day hunger for a royal litter.”
"We're dealing with the ultimate happy heterosexual icons: a Prince and a Princess," says Rebecca Sullivan, professor of English at the University of Calgary.
"I mean, how many times do we hear fairy tale in relation to them? And the meaning behind the 'fairy tale' is a very deeply structured life for women - one that follows very specific milestones of getting married and having babies. To fail at these milestones is to fail as a person."
Sullivan, an expert on gender and popular culture also told canada.com that “it as a disturbing but persistent trend among royalty and commoners alike.”
"There's always that question of, 'What's taking her so long?'" says Sullivan. "I'm sure the pressure is felt on both sides. But it's directed exceedingly toward the female body."
Prince William gives Kate a multi-million dollar jewels
The British royal proposed to the then Kate Middleton is 2010 with Princess Diana's sapphire engagement ring, explained the canada.com report; while also checking with sources close to the prince who said “Prince William will add to this by presenting Catherine with another priceless heirloom at the end of the month.”
A royal insider told In Touch magazine: 'I expect William will definitely give Catherine more jewelry. Very likely a piece from Princess Diana's extensive private collection.'
After he proposed, William revealed the decision to give Catherine his mother's ring was in order to 'keep her close!'
“He explained 'It is a family ring. It's my mother's engagement ring so I thought it was quite nice because obviously she's not going to be around to share any of the fun and excitement of it all - this was my way of keeping her close to it all,” added the canada.com report; while also noting how Prince William said he’d “been carrying it around with me in my rucksack for about three weeks before that and I literally would not let it go, everywhere I went I was keeping hold of it because I knew this thing, if it disappeared I would be in a lot of trouble and because I'd planned it, it went fine. You hear a lot of horror stories about proposing and things going horribly wrong - it went really, really well and I was really pleased she said yes.'”
Kate still scary skinny and influencing new brides
Because Kate Middleton is who she is as the most famous recent bride in the world – who just happens to be what the Brits call “scary skinny” – it’s no wonder that many new brides want to “be like Kate” so they can also appear slim and trim in their wedding dress.
Still, it's no good telling brides that their weight doesn't matter because experts say they "won't listen."
For instance, recently disclosed “fad diets” have new brides resorting to not eating or even taking nourishment from a straw.
Also, health experts say this "has gone too far;" while pointing to the royal wedding last April as an example of how bride Kate Middleton looked “scary skinny," and now Kate's weight loss methods are being mirrored by other brides as they approach their wedding day.
In turn, many new brides will “literally starve themselves” before the big day while thinking they look better skinny than whatever their normal healthy weight is at the time of their wedding.
“Celebrities are not known for doing things that are necessarily the healthiest or most sensible in many parts of their lives,” said Dr. Louis Aronne, the director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in a recent MSNBC TV report.
In turn, the report noted how Casey Crisefi, 31, of Hagerstown, Pa., used Kate’s French “Dukan Diet“ to loose “70 pounds” thanks to Dukan’s low fat and high-protein diet that Kate Middleton and her mother used to prepare for the royal wedding last April.
Kate still skinny one year later
The Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, may still be suffering from what’s been dubbed by the media as “Brideorexia” -- due to the Duchess Kate’s rapid weight loss from a size eight to a size two in less than six months before her April 29, 2011 wedding.
In fact, a local Eugene, Oregon, wedding planner says the “Brideorexia” is a term “that’s been more or less put out there after Kate Middleton got married. I just saw recent photographs of her and she’s still looking very, very thin.”
The new bride of king to be Prince William still looks very thin, state British media this week as Duchess Kate is seen out and about and preparing for the couple’s one year anniversary later this month.
“If you severely restrict your calorie intake or exercise very heavily you may either continuously or periodically suffer from amenorrhea. This is the absence of periods and ovulation, a condition which will make it very difficult to conceive. Amenorrhea can happen because you have so little fat on your frame that your body goes into 'starvation' mode and the delicate hormonal balance that signals the development and release of healthy eggs from your ovaries is disrupted,” state doctors on the popular “Ask Baby website.
Moreover, Ask Baby states “here are also implications if you are severely underweight when you fall pregnant. For instance, lower than healthy maternal pregnancy weight has been associated with both preterm delivery and low infant birth weight, neither of which is ideal.
Additionally, if you heavily restrict your diet you may also deprive your body of the essential nutrients your baby needs for healthy development which can cause different problems.”
Dukan diet gets helps Kate loose a lot of weight
“Her (Kate) weight loss sparked rumors that she was on the Dukan diet — what appears to be a French spin on the high-protein Atkins diet — after Middleton's mother, Carole, acknowledged using the plan to shed pre-wedding pounds,” stated a May 1 L.A. Times report on how Duchess Kate’s dramatic weight loss spurred interest in Hollywood.
“Suddenly, the diet that sold 6 million copies in France was making headlines in the States, with its promise of instant weight loss without hunger, portion control or counting calories,” the L.A. Times report added.
The L.A. Times has devoted numerous reports about Kate’s dramatic weight loss as to reflect others who may also try it. Thus, the Times reported how “many nutritionists and other health experts dismiss the eating regimen. They say it's just another fad diet that, while impressive in its immediate results, could be risky over the long-term.
Rapid weight loss not good for brides
"It just doesn't make sense based on the science we know," said Joan Salge Blake, a clinical associate professor at Boston University and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Assn. "When you eliminate major food groups, you have the potential to eliminate major nutrients."
In turn, Blake noted that the diet can “indeed have less-than-glamorous side effects, such as constipation, dry mouth, bad breath and fatigue because of its lack of carbs, fruit and vegetables.”
Also, an ABC News TV report during the Royal Wedding was peppered with words about the new and very thin Kate. “A radiant, but wisp-thin Kate Middleton stepped into the public eye today, emerging from the royal state car -- a 1978 Rolls-Royce -- and walking into Westminster Abbey to take her wedding vows. The lace-bodice dress, designed by Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton, clung gracefully to her lean frame, possibly adding to questions about the newly titled Duchess of Cambridge's health.”
Kate looking emaciated due to dramatic weight loss that echoes Lady Diana, added one British media report; while reminding royal watchers of the late Princess Diana who confessed to suffering from bulimia and anorexia.
According to Andrew Morton’s 1992 book, “Diana: Her True Story,” the late princess revealed that bulimia was her “secret disease.” Diana told Morton that she would make herself “vomit” while struggling with bulimia and also anorexia in the 1980’s when she became a princess.
In turn, fans of Kate hope she doesn’t suffer the same fate as her late mother-in-law; while also wondering if 2012 will be the year that the royal newlyweds finally announce that Kate’s with child.
Image source of Kate and Prince William during their April 29, 2011 wedding. Photo courtesy Wikipedia