The rumours about Prince William cheating on his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has caught up like wildfire on social media. While most major news papers have refrained from carrying reports on it, the Twitterati is heartbroken. We all have looked at Will and Kate’s alliance as a modern-day fairy tale. The one with a happily ever after, with a castle to live in, three beautiful children and a life time of prosperity. What if these rumours are indeed true? What if this fairy tale turns into a saga of cheating, heartbreak and eventual separation? If Will and Kate can’t make it work, who can? These are the questions people can’t stop asking, simply based on rumours mind you, which are yet to be corroborated.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Social media is abuzz with rumours that Prince William is cheating on his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
  • We all have looked at Will and Kate’s alliance as a modern-day fairy tale.
  • But perhaps we need to step back on expectations from royal marriages. 
  • Strip it off its affluence and royalty and these marriages are just like other matrimonial alliances between tow people. 

What if these rumours are indeed true? What if this fairy tale turns into a saga of cheating, heartbreak and eventual separation? If Will and Kate can’t make it work, who can?

But whatever the rumours, we must examine our own expectations from royal marriages and the desperation with which we want them to succeed. Our rationale is that our “regular” marriages suffer challenges because of circumstances which do not befall royal couples. Will and Kate are young, beautiful, have financial stability (to put it mildly) and their relationship stems from love. What more does one need to make a marriage work? Aren’t dysfunctional marriages, a curse which exclusively befalls regular folks, a result of lack of any of the above? When we look at our own marital problems, and every marriage has a plethora of it, we blame one of these things. Maybe we have grown too old to be passionate. Perhaps it is the strain of finances, work and raising kids which got to us. Maybe it is because our partner doesn’t find us attractive anymore.

But, royal marriages, despite their perfect surfaces, have their own set of challenges. It isn’t easy to make a relationship, which is under constant media glare, work. The pressure to make their marriage a success, just because every one wants it to, doesn’t help either. Maybe, Prince William isn’t cheating on his wife, but history is dotted with examples of unsuccessful royal marriages which crumbled and left those who were rooting for them heartbroken. So our anxiousness to see these relationships work out only makes matters worse for those in them.

But royal marriages, despite their perfect surfaces, have their own set of challenges. It isn’t easy to make a relationship, which is under constant media glare, work.

Perhaps it is time that we stepped back from expecting perfection from royal marriages. Once you strip it of its royalty, one realises that this is a marital bond between two people at its core, just like every other marriage. People are prone to have shortcomings, and a relationship purely depends on how much we are willing to adjust our partner’s and our own flaws. Royalty doesn’t’ increase your capabilities to deal with differences or make you perfect. Which is why it is foolhardy to expect royal marriages to be perfect.

Besides, cheating or not, Will and Kate do not owe us any explanation on the status of their relationship. They didn’t promise us a fairy tale marriage, we pushed those expectations their way. So let us keep those expectations in check and give them the two things which may actually be good for their marriage – privacy and absence of pressure.

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Yamini Pustake Bhalerao is a writer with the SheThePeople team, in the Opinions section. The views expressed are the author’s own.

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