For the last week the airwaves, Facebook news feeds and Twitter timelines have been filled with talk of the royal nuptials. Much to my dismay, a lot of the responding comments were negative.

Even during the Wedding, I was shocked to find so many abrasive comments, especially from people who A) didn’t have to watch it B ) hadn’t watched it C) had gotten up early just to talk about how mad they were that people were watching it.

It’s time to embrace the excitement surrounding the wedding instead of being critical. Here are four reasons to cease the royal whining:

4. Real Love

So many times we see couples that are married that don’t look happy and are heading to divorce. And aside from our Royal Couples, Jay-Z and Beyonce, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith and President Barack and Michelle Obama, the couples we do see in the public eye rarely get married, no matter their race. The royal couple are clearly in love and want to declare it under God, and isn’t that worth celebrating?

Many of us glorify “Basketball Wives” and “Real Housewives” that have never been married but we bash a Prince who wants to put a ring on the love of his life? It’s about time we see a wife that’s actually a wife and not a groupie-turned-star like those featured on the ever-popular yet trashy reality shows of today.

3. Real People

Its very clear that this couple is down-to-earth despite their legacy and status. Certain elements, like the fact that Kate Middleton did her own makeup, reveal that the elite and out-of-touch era of British royalty is a thing of the past.

2. Real Fashion

The fashion at this wedding was top-notch. From all the exquisite hats from Philip Treacy to the Beckhams’ sophisticated style, everyone was dressed to the nines. The groom and best man were dapper in military-inspired attire. The sister of the bride turned heads (some argue more than the bride) in her form-fitting gown. Lastly, the Grace Kelly-inspired Alexander McQueen gown Kate wore was sophisticated, youthful and elegant—and the historical moment for the McQueen brand is worth all the attention it garners.

1. Real Class

The wedding was a classy affair from the entrances to the long red carpet; to the floral arrangements to the hymns sang by the choir.  The event was refreshing to watch because it shows that class is just as entertaining as the reality show antics currently on television.

Though they were married before most of us knew their story, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are the perfect examples of why the merits of love, humility, class and fashion should be celebrated. Instead of condemning the media blitz surrounding Prince William and Kate Middleton, we can celebrate the example they set—and the example our “Royal” couples set as well.

What do you think of the Royal Wedding coverage? Did you criticize or embrace it and why?

-Christian Law

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  • David

    Wow, tough crowd.

    I agree Mr. Law. At first, I’ve found myself being negative about this wedding, the media blitz was what we call in BK: OD! lol. Nonetheless you’ve challenged me to change my perspective on this event. I will say though, that I wish royalty in the motherland got as much press as this. I know that America is the daughter of Britain, but Africa is the MOTHER of the WORLD! Thats my 8th floor Gladfelter Hall, Temple University schpeel.

    As for the naysayers who commented I must second Naomi’s sentiments: Haters gon’ hate…

  • upstart101

    Allow me to be the voice of dissent here; I am a so called “hater”.
    But I think “haters” have been misrepresented, this does not mean I don’t wish Kate and William the best, they seem like a lovely couple and I hope they have a long, healthy, happy marriage. We (the republican we) are not anti love but their union has not been forged in a bubble and it seems it’s up to the “haters” to highlight the wider picture.

    I DO mind that the romance and love of Kate and William comes with £30mil price tag not to mention the £6 billion lost in productivity over the bank holiday after being told repeatedly by David Cameron that the public will have to “tighten their belts”, the revenue made from the wedding won’t even touch that figure. Even now with voting reform adverts telling me that I will have to choose between a proper working voting system and equipment for British troops. To then expect me and the rest of us “commoners” to go gaga over the wedding of two people I have never known or will never meet but yet have to pay for through my taxes when you’re axing my local library is CRASS!

    It seems like everyone has drunk the proverbial kool-aid over this, lets examine:
    Real Love: For Kate’s sake I hope it is, it definitely looks like it is. Although I’m happy for Kate lets be honest no woman in her right mind would want to marry into THAT family, William must be very dear to her so I wish her the best.
    Real people: The “real people” myth that’s been echoed in this article is bull*** the monarchy believe they are superior and this wedding is here to remind the world of that- don’t ever forget it because I assure you they will remind you from Harry wearing a Nazi armband, Prince Philip’s racist gaffs to the media and royalists referring to Kate (and by extension the rest of the public) as “commoners” (us commoners tend to do our make-up ourselves but I suppose Kate will have someone else to do it for her now)
    Real Fashion: Now this I do agree with…what?! Genuinely a good choice of gown that was quintessentially Kate.
    Real Class: Well…no (see above). They could have had a small ceremony in fact I heard on the news that the couple would have preferred to have a small wedding. They could have had it on the weekend (Sunday) to lower the public cost. I can’t imagine anyone begrudging them a small celebration with procession to Buckingham palace and a kiss on the balcony to satisfy the international media, but also to show solidarity with the rest of Britain in the face of an economic crisis – but they didn’t. The monarchy and their involvement with the constitution of this country demands the pomp and ceremony and as their loyal subjects we have sadly lapped it up.

    And before you ask…I didn’t watch it I stayed at home, aimless because of the odd three day week. I got all of the above from the 10 o’clock news, when I wanted to hear about Libya, Syria and the tornadoes in the US.

  • Whitney

    First: I did not watch the wedding or highlights
    Second: I am a mass communication major

    The article above gives a view by many people that enjoy romantic gestures and Disney produced euphoria. The mass broadcasting of the Royal wedding dangles a carrot in the face of many women, reaffirming that if you hold out long enough you will get a prince, just like Kate. However, in reality Kate is not a normal personal; her family could afford to send her to a college that Prince William attended and floated in circles w/ similar friends.
    I am not against any of the points mentioned in the article; but it is not REAL news and it distracts Americans from what issues are important but under the radar. The Royal wedding was plastered on every new station; but the arresting of Detroit teen mothers being arrested because they were protesting the closing of their school was skipped.
    Be wary of the media, they are efficient and suave in setting the agenda for the country.

    • Naomi

      Actually St Andrews is cheaper than most Universities in the UK, because in Scotland higher education is subsidized. So it has little to do with her parents being able to afford her education.

    • isolde

      But it has plenty to do with the fact that not just anyone at St. Andrew’s could run in the same circles as Prince William. I think you’re missing the larger point of what Whitney is saying regarding race and socio-economic class. It’s no secret that Kate’s employment history has largely revolved around being available to travel with William. She was able to maintain a high standard of living, despite only working part time or/and “working for the family business” because she could rely on her millionaire parents for subsidies. So, even if William up and decided not to marry Kate, financially, she would’ve always been straight and likely married someone well-off regardless, because of the circles she runs in.

    • Leah

      “The mass broadcasting of the Royal wedding dangles a carrot in the face of many women, reaffirming that if you hold out long enough you will get a prince, just like Kate.”

      Yes, the mass production of the “fairytale” nature of this wedding was very misleading. I don’t know about anyone else, but my dream/fairytale wedding does not occur some 10 years after meeting “the man of my dreams” and waiting around for him to decide that I’m “good enough” to marry. It also does not include living with that same man for a number of years, allowing him all the benefits of a married life without needing to commit to me, and without even providing me with a better title other than “commoner”.

      As I’ve stated on the Clutch website, I think that Prince William was probably pressured into “getting on with things” and marrying Kate as a means of image control for the royal family. Poor girl was starting to look as if she was being used by William who had no intention of marrying her, and was being lambasted in the press as being a “Waity (useless) Katie”.

  • Saturn

    Whitney and Upstart, I am with you too, if that makes me a hater, I will forever be one.

  • isolde

    “Many of us glorify “Basketball Wives” and “Real Housewives” that have never been married but we bash a Prince who wants to put a ring on the love of his life? It’s about time we see a wife that’s actually a wife and not a groupie-turned-star like those featured on the ever-popular yet trashy reality shows of today.”

    @Point 4 “Real Love”

    Those unwed/divorced or what have you mothers on Basketball Wives and Love and Hip-Hop and those shows, would probably have no qualms about being married, but their children’s fathers are another story. The fact that those women are unwed mothers speaks to a larger trend in the black community that isn’t as prevalent in the community from which Kate Middleton hails. When the men in your circle value marriage and view you as suitable for matrimony, then odds are, if you are a heterosexual woman that wants to be married that you will marry. This goes back to my point about how Kate Middleton would have married well whether or not it was to Prince William, and her sister, Pippa, will likely also marry someone affluent as well.