Seriously, who bets on a marriage?
I’m sure I can’t be the only person who thinks betting that the “Wedding/Marriage of the Millennium” will end in divorce is both tacky and mean-spirited.
But apparently, that’s what seems to be going on in a few British circles as the countdown to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s multi-million-dollar wedding prepares to come to a grinding halt next Friday.
Sure, some bets surrounding the royal wedding are somewhat amusing.
Plopping down a couple of bucks on whether or not the Queen will wear a blue or pink hat, or whether or not Prince Harry will down a bit too many drinks before his Best Man toast, is completely harmless.
But speculating that William will follow in the footsteps of his dad, who allegedly cheated on Diana only a few years after his own extravagant wedding, is completely unfair to the new couple.
Because whether or not the unhappily-ever-after Wedding of the Century in 1981 left a bitter taste in your mouth, divorce is still something that I would never wish on any new couple.
But then again, maybe some of us are just really jaded right now -- and why wouldn’t we be?
With there being so much tabloid coverage, movies, television shows and memoirs about recently divorced celebrity couples, it’s no wonder that divorce has been on our minds during the past few years.
I can even recall a time during a friend’s wedding reception when people at my reception table were betting that the bride and groom would be divorced in only two years. Not because they thought the bride and groom weren’t compatible, but just because they thought that with so many marriages ending up in divorce, the probability of them not working out is still pretty high.
There’s a 50 percent divorce rate, a guest at the table said to me, so it’s either going to be you or them.
For the record, I’m not saying I think people should not get divorced, because repeated infidelity and any kind of emotional and physical abuse are certainly grounds for leaving a marriage that has apparently been broken for some time.
After some soul searching and making real efforts to make their marriage work, some couples may realize that it’s best to walk away from each other. That’s OK, because every marriage and every person is different.
But, to be honest, I’ve kind of welcomed the intense coverage of the “royal fairy tale marriage,” -- even if it’s only mentioned as such for only a couple of minutes before some snarky royal commentator likens Will and Kate’s wedding to the recent string of failed royal marriages.
And while I seriously doubt that I could sit through an hour of “Royal Wedding of a Lifetime -- Kate’s Gown of Renown” without rolling my eyes a million times, it’s nice to have a warm and fuzzy alternative to the Investigation Discovery Channel’s “Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?” and “So Youth Think You Married a Prince” television shows about marriages that end in ruin.
So will Will and Kate’s marriage turn into the much-needed fairy tale romance, or fall apart in shambles?
Who knows? Only time will tell.
But until then, I, for one, am rooting for them and won’t be betting against them anytime soon.