Clash of wills


Now that Prince William and Kate Middletonhave announced their big day will be on 29 April next year people around the world will be counting the days to another fairytale royal wedding.

But as they take their vows in Westminster Abbey many are sure to wonder how long the marriage will last.

It’s not a particularly cynical question because most British royal marriages in recent times have ended in scandal and divorce.

Adventurous, bubbly Kate  will hit the tradition-hobbled British royal house, with its stiff-upper-lip attitude and even stricter rules, like a tornado, says Petra du Preez, the Cape Town astrologer who’s responsible for YOU’s Your Stars page. She drew up and compared Kate and William’s astrological charts.

Kate is full of new ideas and vision, enjoys outdoor activities and is unconventional, Du Preez picked up from her chart. She can be cheerful and light-hearted.

True to his bloodline William is more serious. He’s also inclined to be wary of strange and new things and sudden change. Although he wants to break away and lead an unusual, exciting life, his conventional streak restrains him.

Despite these very different character traits Kate and William are both exceptionally good at expressing their feelings and will therefore be able to stand their ground in any argument. And they both have short tempers.

The result could be a stormy marriage with lots of hurt feelings on both sides and many scathing comments, Du Preez predicts. Sparks are going to fly, she says.

On the positive side Kate and William are good friends, lovers and business partners, their astrological charts reveal.

William likes good, stimulating and witty company and has a sharp intellect, Du Preez says. And Kate likes the way he thinks and communicates.

They complement each other well and under Kate’s influence William will come out of his shell and his public prestige will grow, Du Preez predicts.

There’s something that might count in Kate and William’s favour though.

Unlike the other divorced royals they went out for years – in fact for so long the British tabloids dubbed Kate “Katie Waitie”. Royal observers say this was a deliberate move so they wouldn’t end up in the divorce courts too.

Here’s hoping it will do the trick.

Don't miss the full article in YOU, 2 December 2010.

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