The fun never stops

It’s been a busy week for the royal couple. From launching a new RNLI lifeboat to heading back to the place where the first set eyes on each other, St Andrew’s University – William and Kate seemed to enjoy their first official events since their engagement in November.

And why shouldn’t they? I am a firm believer that when it comes to spending time with your other half – when it’s right – you’ll enjoy most things as long as you are together.

I remember a number of years ago – summer of 2008 in fact when Rahim and I were in Canada for what seemed like 2 weeks of family engagements. No need to buy a hat (no major engagements of that kind), but I did have the pleasure of meeting and staying with his two sisters for the first time. Both lovely ladies who did nothing but make me feel extremely welcome.

That was the same summer when R met my dad for the first time. My girl friends who have known me since childhood had a fantastic time trying to convince him that he was like the dad in Guess Who. Lol – he isn’t… but they had much fun with that one.

Meeting the dad of your girlfriend can never be fun (no matter how great he is – it’s the anticipation that’s a killer!) – and the fun didn’t stop there. My mum’s high school reunion meant that we didn’t have to do a tour of the Caribbean and US to meet my aunties (my mums many good friends) – they were all there in one place. It seemed that Toronto was the place where we were beginning to truly get to know each others families.

At the high school reunion: Guyana in Toronto!

[For the record, ‘get to know’ includes the varying warnings R got from aunties… along the lines of “if you dare hurt our girl” etc etc]

I’m not sure whether the Middleton’s (be it parents or family friends) had that chat with William – but I would love to think that someone didn’t give a hoot that he’s a prince – and just wanted to lay down the law!

Either way – many years down the line – this couple seems to be having a fantastic time together, and hopefully when they go to Canada on their first official engagement as a married couple – they’ll have as great a time as we did.

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The Best Man on his best behaviour? That would be best

How was it that Prince Harry being named The Best Man was considered news today?! The ‘news’ ‘broke’ and was played every hour on Sky News and in some of the UK’s finest newspapers like The Guardian… however, surely the news regarding such an announcement would have been if he wasn’t chosen!

Wills is lucky. I can only imagine how hard it must be for some grooms to choose a best man – but I don’t imagine it was ever a debate for him. For Rahim (my wonderful other half) however, it hasn’t been that cut and dry. He too is lucky. Like me, he is blessed with some fantastic friends and the choice of his best man is of course his and his only… however, I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I’ve found it difficult to truly hold my tongue and avoid pointing him towards my preference of friend to be bestowed with this honour.

You can’t blame me though can you? What if his choice shares the same sense of humour as a young Prince Harry in 2005, and makes a speech clanger as shocking, inappropriate and unforgetable as Harry’s fancy dress costume decision some years ago. That… just won’t do!

While I am confident neither of us have any skeletons in the closet that will be unveiled on our [hopefully sunny] big day in Windsor – I can’t shake the feeling that someone elses more laissez-faire sense of humour could throw a spanner in the works.

This is not a ‘phone a friend’ / ‘ask the audience’ scenario where there is any kind of extra chance. No no no… the immortal words of a wedding speech remain forever – and that makes me very much a fan of the ‘safe’ option when it comes to who is given that honour.

I won’t let myself be pushy about this… I may be his future wife but his boys have been there way before I was in the picture and of all the many things involved in wedding planning – this really does have to be his decision. I’ll respect it. Of course I will… I undoubtedly respect him.

So that’s that. All will be fine and work out beatifully I am sure. The only thing to remember however is not to let the gorgeous dress, coiffed hair and classy heels fool you. I will take a flying leap across the head table if needed to stop an inappropriate speech in its tracks. Luckily… it won’t come to that!

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