December 22, 2014

The Princess Bride, Part 2: Haters Gonna Hate (Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate)

Now to talk about the elephant in the room: as much glow as she had on her wedding day, Princess Charlene still gets flack to this day for looking unhappy (and for crying) during the wedding. And the rumors surrounding the wedding kinda put it together (which, if you think about it, would be the job of rumors). Personally, I don’t believe the rumors are true, but it’s worth discussing since the public got so worked up about it.

Just a refresher: the speculation was that Prince Albert had been called out as being the father of an 18 month old baby, just weeks before the wedding, and that Charlene tried to skip town (and the wedding) but was then “persuaded” into going through with it. Now, the guy has a couple kids from previous relationships, but this specific one would indicate that he stepped out on Charlene during their courtship. Let’s face it, that’s not your best antidote for the normal pre-wedding jitters. And the story, topped off with the forced smile that seems to find its way onto the wedding pictures, certainly put all those pieces together nicely for a nice, juicy scandal.

I’ve got to admit, I saw it too. It was a bummer. For me, Charlene didn’t look as much unhappy as exhausted and ready-to-be-done-with-the-whole-thing-already. And I also have to admit that, if you look through my wedding album, you’ll see the exact same face on me: strained. My speculation is that Charlene was probably over the whole thing at this point. After all the planning and trekking and being nervous and pulling a giant train around – sorry, pulling TWO giant trains around – and having her hair pulled in all directions and having it be a hundred degrees outside and, to top it off, having cameras in her face every stinking second, I think she’s probably done at this point and ready to cut the damn cake already. I’m even exhausted just thinking about it. And if it were me, I probably would have cried a lot quicker than she did.

As for the kiss photos, which also look strained: I don’t really put any stock in royal kissing photos, mainly because royalty are not prone to PDA on a normal basis. Suddenly they’re expected to flaunt it to the world, and yes, it ends up looking very awkward. Additionally, if you look at the below photo and remove your eyes from their faces, you’ll see one other piece of body language that’s (to me) more telling: her hands are holding his arms, pulling him in, not pushing him away. I like to nitpick the details!

For me, the bottom line is that it really doesn’t matter whether the rumors are true or not. That’s between them, and they did end up getting married. While she might have looked overwhelmed by it all, there are also plenty of less-publicized photos that seem to show very blissful moments. In the moments where it appears that they have forgotten about the cameras, they seem to have these tête-à-têtes that are pretty darn cute.

As much as we all get kinda bummed when we see a less-than-thrilled bride, you’ve gotta admit that being a bride sucks. It looks like it would be a great gig, but it really sucks: it’s a lot of pressure, most details don’t turn out the way they should have, and nothing is really about the bride and groom. I can only imagine that the feeling is exponentially heavy for a royal bride, especially with icky rumors circulating about the relationship before they had even reached the altar.

What do you think, though? If you were about to get married, and suddenly your whole circle started gossiping about how awful your relationship was – true or not – what would you be feeling? More to the point, what do you think about this particular situation: are the smiles (or lack thereof) making you annoyed as a bystander? Please share your thoughts on the whole thing, I’d love to hear what others think!

Part 3 of the wedding series is coming soon, in which we’ll be delving into the afterparty (and that’s where we’re gonna talk tiaras). Bring a glass of champagne (or a can of beer, I don’t judge) and join us!


  1. Thank you for this. I remember the ugly rumors swirling around right before the wedding. At the time I really hoped they weren’t true, and now that we’ve gotten to hear and see more of HSH I like to think that they were just rumors. Yes, she doesn’t look as “thrilled” on her wedding day as perhaps the DOC but I don’t see unhappiness, I see someone who is just not as willing to always be “on” for the camera or someone who hasn’t yet perfected the “fake public” smile.

    I hope Charlene is happy, everything I’ve seen her say in interviews makes me think she is, but I suppose one can never know for sure.

  2. Katie Coble says:

    Nikki, I agree with your take – all the interviews I’ve seen leave me with a similar feeling. She doesn’t seem to fake her smiles, which I actually find refreshing! Thank you for your thoughts and, as always, for reading :)

  3. Sigh…actually many of the photos I’ve seen from the wedding…the religious one…she looks quite happy. Sad? I don’t really think so. Overwhelmed by such a grand affair? More than likely. Exhausted? I would’ve been. Just ready to move on to the real reason behind all this…being married? No doubt. Looking back after four years and two children, we can see they have a relationship that’s more real and stronger than many thought and a genuine love…

  4. Katie Coble says:

    I’m so glad it’s not just me, Lydia! Their relationship seems to have surprised many watchers, merely for lasting – and for portraying such a smitten couple. The wedding day should never really count, it’s too stressful for everyone. It’s delightful to see all the naysayers proven wrong 😉

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