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

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  1. KingV911

    I like how this story about a powerless, balding "Prince" getting married gets a bigger headline than the first living person since Vietnam to get a Medal of Honor was awarded today. Why do people care about this birthright loser? He didn't do anything! What in the hell is wrong with you people!???!!

    November 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freddie Shuffrey

      Apart from serving in the Air force, teaching illiterate Chilean school children, development work in Africa, relief effort in SE Asia following the tsunami, helping with his father's environmentral charities and doing all those princely duties, like visiting other nations, acting as a representative of the UK, no he doesn't do much.

      November 16, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pat

    I too am interested! We as a nation watched Princes William & Harry grow up. It's nice to see them get married & settle down! As for Diana's ring-her & Charles were divorced. She had no use for that ring, & who knows? Perhaps she told William prior to her death that she wanted him to have it for his bride. I think It's a beautiful tribute to his mom, & I think his fiance would be honored to year Diana's ring. Diana can't be at the wedding obviously, so why not a part of Diana? Besides, she couldn't take it with her any way. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HAPPY COUPLE! MAY YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL LIFE TOGETHER! MAKE YOUR MUM PROUD WILLIAM!!!!

    November 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • kjcube

      America?

      November 16, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. markiejoe

    It's not "our" royal obsession.

    It's the "American media's" royal obsession.

    If you didn't mention it, not one American would miss it.

    November 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • kjcube

      @markiejoe

      no... the point is everyone would miss it because no gives a rat's a$$.

      November 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. UKmark

    When everyone is watching the wedding, the Queen will come and take your gunz away.

    November 16, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. UKmark

    I can't work out if it's British or Black people you don't like. Any chance you could be a bit more articulate old chap?

    November 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tom Valencia

    "Our royal obsession?" Please don't speak for all Americans!

    November 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kim

    Oh no not this mess i could care less about england and there stuck up royales I cant stand the way the media shove these people down our throats forreal what has england ever done for the United State nothing, oh wait the oil spill in the gulf is what england did!! I dont care there getting married. Its not important to me. I JUST DONT CARE!

    November 16, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freddie Shuffrey

      You know there's this amazing thing where you DON'T have to click on the story if you don't care about it.

      November 16, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bonnie Akridge

      Kim sounds like she's stuck in a trailer park in the middle of the Ozarks somewhere and would give her right arm for a white knight in shining armor to buy her a real house lol.

      November 16, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jim messmer

    It's only the "media" who are obsessed with this story. You create it, shove it down everyones throat ad nausium, and then claim it's our obsession. Get a life.

    November 16, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Capitan Justicia

    Why doesn't the US media report more about the Spanish Royal family? Is it because they're Hispanic?

    November 16, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harrison

      I think the problem is many Americans don't even realize that Spanish is a European language. They think the Spanish language somehow belongs to the Indians from Mexico. Even though South America (and obviously Spain) is full of white people.

      November 16, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tom

    I have lots of respect for kings, our generations cares only for dope, and have no class.....

    November 16, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Carlos

    Wishing the couples the best of luck!

    November 16, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mickey mouse

    And don't take her driving in Paris while wearing that ring......What does the queen mother and princess di have in common?they both died at 102.

    November 16, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michael Cross

    I think the interest has more to do with media hype than Americans individual interest. Americans don't believe in Royalty, in case you haven't noticed. The media needs a story and young people falling in love sells. Its as simple as that. Being American, I am happy for them but I don't place any real special honor associated with it. Its nice to see young people in love though. Takes your mind away from all the bad news out there.

    November 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The Dude

    I only care because I cannot believe a society in the 21st century is getting ready to blow hundreds of millions on a grotesque spectacle of a wedding during a time of great hardship in the UK. They are about to cut all social spending driving millions into poverty.

    I am amazed they put up with this pampering of a bunch of inbreds while their children starve.

    Perhaps they are too stupid to see that the blood in someones veins does not make them any more important than anyone else.

    November 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freddie Shuffrey

      Exaggerate much! I don't think Brits are gonna starve or be driven into poverty. The wedding ain't gonna cost that much!
      Don't you think it's quite "stupid" to judge an entire people as being "stupid"? I would say that was rather ignorant, wouldn't you "Dude"?
      In no way do Brits think the Royal Family is better than them. However they are proud of a family that keeps the whole country united, an apolitical head of state whom everyone can look at as a symbol of unity and share in their happiness.

      November 16, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • dp

      to the reply above: 'a symbol of unity' - are you kidding - a symbol of corruption and infidelity. England's central bank runs their country, just like our does. Wake up.

      November 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emma

      I am a Brit, and very much excited and happy for this young couple, who seem to be bring the Royals into the 21st century. Katy will make a wonderful Queen one day to her KIng William and restor the pride in what makes us proud to be British.

      As for the comments about the cost of the wedding, well yes its going to cost, and no doubt paid partly by the British tax payer however, I don't think many families are going to go starving or be on the poverty line bacause of this, we have an excellent socieity where very few people live on the poverty line, unlike those in the states-dispite the econimic climate I think we can cope!

      Long Live the king and Queen!!!!!!!

      November 17, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. aj

    obsession? who gives a darn...not me and whole-lot-o other people i know.

    November 16, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • kjcube

      @aj

      no one... CNN is full of bs.

      November 16, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
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