I’m going to be completely honest, I’ve been putting off reporting about Prince William and Prince Harry’s excursion to America because the way the American press and fans have reacted to the Prince’s visit is cringe-worthy. It makes me embarrassed to be an American. Kate did not attend. We can debate why she didn’t go and talk about all the nefarious reasons behind that decision (and we will), but let’s be honest here, given the press’s reaction to Will and Harry, imagine how much worse it would have been if Kate had been on US soil. I’m stating it now: it’s a good thing Kate skipped this wedding. By the way, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie attended the wedding as well, but the US media doesn’t really care about them.
Some backstory: Guy Pelly is a long-time friend of William and Harry; he is a club owner and is credited with all sorts of negative behavior from Will and Harry (rightfully or not). When the Wales Boys get into trouble, usually Pelly is right there with them. Pelly is marrying Elizabeth “Lizzy” Wilson. Wilson is the granddaughter of Kemmons Wilson, who founded the Holiday Inn. The press keeps calling her the “Holiday Inn Heiress”, which is incorrect. She may be the granddaughter of its founder, and will inherit a bunch of money at some point I’m sure, but she is not the heir to the company. Holiday Corporation (as it was called then) was sold to a British company in 1988. The Wilsons don’t have any stake in that company any longer. Lizzy will not inherit the company, so the moniker is wrong.
Harry arrived in the US a few days before William. Harry went to Miami with Guy Pelly (and others) and partied on Wednesday. They lounged by a pool and went to a club where Harry was spotted canoodling with a brunette. Then Harry flew to Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday where he joined William and Eugenie (and the wedding party) for ribs. Beatrice joined William, Harry and Eugenie the next day (Friday) for a trip to Graceland—the former home of Elvis Presley that is now a museum dedicated to him. Beatrice of course had Dave Clark with her—he goes everywhere with her; it’s a wonder he finds time for his job at Virgin Galactic (he’s verging on a male version of Kate/Cressida at this point, willing to drop everything to hang out with her). The Royal’s tour was private, by the way, because they wouldn’t dare mingle with the peasants.
On Saturday the wedding took place at the Memphis Hunt and Polo Club in an outdoor ceremony. I don’t really care about the details of the wedding, only about the dress. From what I can see of it, I like it; it’s pretty. The dress is lace with an elbow-length sleeve. It does have a weird sheen to it in the pictures, but maybe it’s because the photos are from such a long distance and not that great. I bet it was better in person.
There was of course a reception. It seemed more like a dance party/club atmosphere than a wedding reception—at least, that’s how the wedding singer tells it. I haven’t been to a ton of wedding receptions, but the ones I have been to have been pretty respectable—no craziness—so may be the whole dance club thing is normal? Whatever. According to the wedding singer/band guy, William was having a ball and even got on stage and belted out a version of “Shout” at one point. Harry was dancing with a bunch of people, but didn’t seem to hook up with anyone. Interestingly enough, it was William that was partying the most. Harry kept it more low-key than William. You know, Harry has this enormous reputation as a party animal, but William loves to party, too; but since he’s the Golden Heir his party reputation has been downplayed in the media his whole life.
I want to mention one quick thing, a source inside the wedding said, “The party was extremely private and guests were asked not to bring their cell phones inside the reception area.” Why the f— didn’t Harry’s protection officers think of this when he was in Vegas??!!! F-ing morons.
I have no idea who attended the wedding, but I do know who wasn’t there: Kate Middleton and Cressida Bonas.
Let’s talk Cressida first. She was supposed to be at the wedding as Harry’s date, but since they broke up she didn’t attend. There have been a number of new rumors as to why they split, one being that she was mad because Harry didn’t want to pay for her airfare to the US, and then there’s one saying that she got mad because she wasn’t invited to the Miami bachelor party shenanigans. We’ll never know why they really split, but if they don’t get back together then it doesn’t matter anyway. By the way, if anyone wants another quote about how pushy and Carole 2.0-y Cressida’s mother is, here you go: “A friend close to Lady Mary Gaye said: ‘When Cressida explodes at Harry, Mary Gaye tells her she is being silly. She told Cressida to be careful not to undermine Harry by blowing up.’” Oh, lord.
In other Cress news, she has been photographed numerous times since the breakup. I guess she didn’t like being photographed, and her position at the marketing job she left Harry to pursue is so meaningless that she has taken “compassionate leave” from work to deal with the breakup. What? What job has compassionate leave for a breakup? I’ve heard of people getting leave when a close family member dies, but a breakup? Seems even more apparent that this marketing job was nothing more than something to pass the time and make Cressida seem more respectable on her way to Duchess-hood.
Let’s get to the other big absence of the weekend: Kate Middleton. Kate stayed home in
Bucklebury London instead of attending the wedding. The official unofficial ‘quote from a source’ line is that “She appreciates the media storm her attendance would cause. She’s also keen to avoid overshadowing Guy and Lizzy’s big day.” Now, we could call her out for being a narcissist for assuming that she would overshadow everyone (check out Lola Heart’s blog about “Kate’s Excuses for not attending”—number 5 is my favorite; f-ing hilarious), and I was totally prepared to do that, but then I saw how ridiculous the US media has been regarding Will and Harry and I realized that the above quote is completely true. If Kate had gone to Memphis, it would have been an even bigger media storm. It would have been awful. So in that regard, no matter what the real reason and no matter what we feel about Kate/that excuse, it’s a good thing she didn’t go.
Now let’s chat about why she really didn’t go. The plain and simple answer: William did not want her there. Clearly Will had a grand old time without her; partying it up with friends. If Kate had been there, Will probably would have spent the entire time with his jaw clenched. William wanted another “boy’s weekend” with his friends, and didn’t want his wife getting in the way. William may have some affection for his wife, and there is no way to know what they are really like in private, but to me it seems he mostly doesn’t give a sh-t. It’s like he still treats her as a girlfriend: he wants her there at certain times for certain things, and any other time she best get lost. William’s kind of a d-ck.
I have to wonder how the US media coverage of this wedding will affect Will and Harry’s view of the media in general and the US specifically. They had to have hated the crazy amount of press, right? Ugh, I can hear the complaining now.
Has anyone thought of the cost of Harry and William’s trip to the US? Well the Daily Mail did—which I’m surprised at; usually they downplay how much the boys cost the taxpayer:
“All good fun, but questions are already being asked about the price of keeping them safe, put at £50,000 (around $84,000).
Although the cost of the trip itself is being met privately by the princes, they are accompanied round-the-clock by a team of around eight taxpayer-funded officers from Scotland Yard’s Royalty Protection Squad.
Some of those will have traveled to Memphis in advance to ‘recce’ the private residence where they are staying and the wedding venue. Others traveled with the brothers personally.
One senior industry source estimated the cost of guarding the princes during their five-day trip would be in the region of £50,000, including business class flights and hotels for all of the officers.”
Links: Harry in Miami: Us Weekly; People; Daily News; E! Ribs: E!; Daily Mail. Will at airport: People. Visit to Graceland: Hello; Us; Daily Mail. Wedding: Telegraph; Daily Mail; Us; People; E!; Hello. Cressida: Vanity Fair; Daily Mail.