Prince William and Kate's Wedding Satisfies Couples Needs for Fairy Tales and Happy Endings

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The upcoming nuptials for Prince William and Kate have captured imaginations and fulfills couples needs for fairy tales and happy endings. "The royal wedding symbolizes hope for couples. Even with an over 50 percent divorce rate, couples have not given up on the hope that dreams can come true and that happy endings are possible," says Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil, PhD, author of the NY Times Reader's Choice Award for best dating book 2010 Make Up Don't Break Up.

Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil, PhD, explains the obsession with Prince William and Kate Middleton’s upcoming royal wedding. “Besides loving a fairy tale, the royal wedding symbolizes hope for couples. Even with an over 50 percent divorce rate, couples have not given up on the hope that dreams can come true, and that happy endings are a possibility,” explains Dr. Bonnie.

During the build up to this momentous event, people are reminded of the disappointing dissolution of Prince William’s parent’s marriage and the tragic death of Princess Dianna. The marriage of Prince William and Kate offers a re-enactment of the hope for a better outcome. “The symbols surrounding this wedding are so similar to Prince William’s parents wedding, that people easily draw comparisons. From Kate wearing Princess Dianna’s engagement ring, to the flowers, decorations, and wedding carriage, people are transported back to a time when hope reigned. After her divorce and tragic and untimely death of Princess Dianna, hopes for a happy ending were replaced with disappointment and horror. People now have a renewed sense of anticipation that this marital outcome will make up for those lost dreams,” Dr. Bonnie says adding that the comparisons between the two weddings might create anxiety.

“Everyone wants this marriage to be different than Prince William’s parent's union. While there is excitement, there is also scrutiny over the details, like questioning Prince William's decision not to wear a wedding ring. While it is true that married men not wearing a ring can be a red flag relating to commitment and fidelity—and both William’s parents allegedly had affairs, couples need to recognize the long standing tradition of England’s royal husbands not wearing rings.”

“The royal wedding will be rich with long standing historic rituals—all symbols of tradition. This wedding is a reenactment of the fairy tale couples want for their lives—that marriage is a celebration. Every couple following, anticipating and watching the wedding unfold has the same secret desire for Prince William and Kate that they do for their own relationships. And, that is to live happily ever after,” adds Dr.Bonnie.

Dr. Bonnie reveals her own true-life story about her dating, courtship and marriage to her husband in Make Up Don’t Break Up, reminding readers “Fairy tales may not come true, but the magic of true connection outshines even the best of fantasies.”

Bonnie Eaker Weil, PhD relationship therapist and author of the NY Times Reader’s Choice award winner for best dating book 2010 Make Up Don’t Break Up with accompanying DVD Falling in Love and Staying in Love is dedicated to teaching couples how to have sustainable, loving, and committed relationships. Her book teaches Smart Heart Skills, a blueprint for teaching couples how to connect intimately through dialogue and re-create the romance, magic and love of falling in love all over again.

Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil (Dr. Bonnie) is a relationship expert who was named by Psychology Today as one of America’s best therapists, and by New York Magazine as one of New York City’s best therapists. Known as “The Adultery Buster” and the “No. 1 Love Expert,” she is the best-selling author of Adultery: The Forgivable Sin (adapted into a Lifetime movie starring actress Kate Jackson), Make Up Don’t Break Up, Finding and Keeping Love for Singles and Couples (Revised edition Feb 2010, including DVD How to Fall in Love and Stay in Love for Singles and Couples) and winner of the NY Times Reader’s Choice award for best dating book 2010, Can We Cure and Forgive Adultery?, Staying Not Straying, How Not to (S)mother Your Man and Keep a Woman Happy, and Financial Infidelity (Making Money Sexy).

Dr. Bonnie has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, a three-day series on NBC’s The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show five times, a four day series on Fox TV regarding dating, Discovery Health documentary "Infidelity" and A&E on addictions. She appears frequently on ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC News, The View, 20/20, and CNN. Visit Dr. Bonnie at

For interview contact Diane Dennis, Inspired Media Communications at 503-678-1356.


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