November 16th, 2010
12:22 PM ET

A royal obsession: Prince William and Kate Middleton

Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged to be married.

Talk about a royal obsession.

Call it another British invasion, or whatever you'd like, but it's clear that in the U.S. we just can't get enough of the Brits. And with the announcement that Prince William will wed his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton, America once again is gawking and perhaps even stalking everything that says "Royal Wedding."

The news has dominated the Twittersphere and Web - with four of the top trends belonging to the newly engaged couple. It almost makes you wonder why we ever split with the Brits.

Whether it's the Beatles (and the announcement that the Fab Four's music will finally be on iTunes,) other pop icons (Leona Lewis, Duffy and Amy Winehouse) or the wedding announcement - Americans are still trying to gobble up every detail about our friends across the pond. We did it with Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and it seems we will again with this wedding and future marriage.

Readers are looking for every detail about Middleton, known as the middle-class princess, and what married life might be like for her and William, the second in line to the British throne and an action hero.

The two are on the front pages and part of full coverage sections of US Weekly, People, the National Enquirer and a slew of other American tabloids. We’ve watched with bated breath their every move and photograph, and it's gone into overdrive with news of their engagement. And that includes the field of betting. Paddy Power has put out an array of things for people to wager on, including when the couple will marry, where the wedding will take place and even what color Queen Elizabeth's hat will be or how long Middleton's train will be.

News of the impending wedding bells spread like wildfire online, and no doubt British sites have been swamped with traffic from American readers.

More than three British papers or tabloids and the BBC are live-blogging the announcements, with up-to-the-minute reaction, columns and reader comments. Six of the BBC's top stories Tuesday are in some way about the William and his future bride. The Daily Telegraph is asking readers to offer their own tributes to the couple.

Of course, it's become a media circus, with headlines from the Mirror such as "Heir comes the bride” and “Wills you Marry Me?” and The Daily Mail's "Get out the bunting! Wills pops the question at last.”

Considering you all can't seem to help yourself - we figured we'd help you navigate the royal media madness by picking out the best, the hilarious and the most bizarre stories.

Interesting tidbits

"Kate will be 'oldest Royal bride' " - The Daily Telegraph

"The Royal romance that captivated a nation: How Wills and Kate kept us guessing for eight long years" - The Daily Mail

"Kate to become sixth Queen Catherine" - The Daily Telegraph

"Prince hopes to emulate Queen's solid marriage" - The Daily Telegraph

"Kate Middleton must have clear role says Princess Diana's former aide" - The Mirror

A look at Kate

"How does Kate compare to Princess Diana - The Daily Telegraph

"Is this the new People's Princess? How confident Kate Middleton compares to 'Shy Di' " - The Daily Mail

"Fashion: Kate is 'conservative style icon' " - The Daily Telegraph

"Kate Middleton will inherit a host of titles" - The Mirror

The strangest story angles

"Trying to guess the guest list" - The Mirror

"My menu for William and Kate's wedding – it has to be Windsor swan" - The Daily Telegraph

"William and Kate: an unambitious, stable Sloane makes for perfect wife material" - The Daily Telegraph

Skiing brought William and Kate together - PlanetSKI

soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Megan

    I love how the media shoves stuff down our throats and then they say this is what we want to see and hear–sure we do!!!! We don't have a choice who gets shoved down our throat next!!!

    December 7, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Shirley Des Gusted

    RE: your headline. WE don't have an obsession, but apparently YOU DO.

    December 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. regina huite

    i would hope the press would schedule appointments to take picture of wil and kate instead of dogging them to death on the street. give them room to breathe, so we don't have history repeating itself.

    April 7, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
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