Archbishop of Canterbury ‘lauds Wills-Kat’s maturity about married life’April 22nd, 2011 - 7:28 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 22 (ANI): The Archbishop of Canterbury, who is to marry Prince William and Kate Middleton next week, has praised the mature way in which the couple has approached their impending wedding.
Rowan Williams revealed that with just eight days to go for the royal wedding, the couple had been forced to think long and hard about the pressures their wedding will inevitably bring on their marriage, bearing in mind the disastrous track record of other royal couples.
He said it was clear how much exchanging vows meant to them.
The outspoken Archbishop made his distinctly indiscreet comments in a pre-recorded interview released by Lambeth Palace the other day.
It is understood that William and Middleton have met Williams privately on several occasions over the past few months.
‘William and Catherine are making this commitment very much in the public eye and they’re sensible, realistic young people,” the Daily Mail quoted the Archbishop as saying.
“They know what the cost of that might be. They’ve thought that through. And because of that they will need the support, the solidarity and the prayers of all those who are watching,” he added.
In a clear reference to the failure of the marriages of William’s own parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, plus those of his uncle Prince Andrew and aunt Princess Anne, he added: “I want to wish William and Catherine every richest blessing in their life together.”
“But I want to wish them especially the courage and clarity they’ll need to live out this big commitment in the full glare - to live it out for the rest of us.
“I hope they’ll be given the strength and the persistence to go on showing the rest of us what’s possible for the whole of their life together,” he added.
Williams also expressed his confidence that the couple’s attitude to marriage bodes well for the future.
‘I’ve been very struck by the way in which William and Catherine have approached this great event,’ he said.
‘They’ve thought through what they want for themselves, but also what they want to say. They’ve had a very simple, very direct picture of what really matters about this event. I think that they have a clear sense of what they believe they’re responsible to.
‘They’re responsible to the whole society; responsible to God for their relationship. And I think it’s impressive that they’ve had that simplicity about it, they’ve known what matters, what’s at the heart of all this… because I think they are deeply unpretentious people,” he added. (ANI)
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