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Prince William wants his mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, to be honored on the day of his wedding to Kate Middleton, BBC World News America correspondent Katty Kay told Good Morning America earlier today.
Katty was a guest on GMA during a segment about BBC America’s World News America special, William & Kate: Modern Monarchy, which airs Saturday (December 11) at 3:30 and 7:30 ET. And she gave viewers some inside details about the upcoming royal wedding, including William’s intention to have his late mother’s presence felt when he walks down the aisle.
“He wants his mother Diana to be remembered,” Kay told GMA‘s George Stephanopoulos, adding that, “There is speculation that perhaps Diana’s brother Charles Spencer will make some kind of speech [or] make some kind of toast to Diana on that day.”
And could William and Kate select one of Diana’s favorite designers to craft Kate’s wedding dress?
“All the focus at the moment is on Bruce Oldfield,” Kay says. “He’s a veteran British designer. He, again, [was] a favorite of Princess Diana, so another link with Will’s mother there if he designs the dress. [He's] the bookie’s favorite. In fact, they’ve closed the betting on him because he’s such a sure favorite.
“It’s not just the ring he has given to Kate. He wants his mother to be a part of that day.”
You can watch the full GMA segment, including clips from William & Kate: Modern Monarchy, below.
Here’s a clip from William & Kate Modern Monarchy, which includes a sweet Piers Morgan soundbite: “I think what William and Kate have given us the monarchy with this engagement is a much-needed, very large dose of royal Viagra.”
What do you think about William’s honoring of his late mother in this way?
Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.