Prince William's Decision Not to Wear a Wedding Ring is A Red Flag

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Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil, PhD offers advice to Prince William regarding his decision not to wear a wedding ring. "Wearing a ring is a social committment, and a promise to honor the marriage," explains Dr. Bonnie. Author of Adultery the Forgivable Sin, Dr. Bonnie describes family tendencies towards infidelity, and risk factors for cheating.

Top worldwide news outlets are reporting every minuscule detail of the Royal Wedding and marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Amidst opinions and speculation about her dress designer, flowers chosen, and who is and is not invited to the upcoming nuptials, there is a fiery topic causing arguments from both sides that will prevail long after the wedding is over. Bloggers have created online polls, pages of articles are addressing it, and national news magazines and television programs have announced that Prince William will not be wearing a wedding ring.

Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil, PhD, and author of the New York Times Reader’s Choice Award for best dating book 2010 Make Up Don’t Break Up, weighs in on whether Prince William, once married should wear a wedding ring. “Absolutely. Wearing a wedding ring is a statement of commitment. Men who choose to leave their ring in the drawer at home are more likely to flirt more, and seem available,” advises Dr. Bonnie.

Even Beyonce, who will be entertaining with Jay Z for the Royal Wedding Reception made creative commentary through her popular song “Single Ladies (If You Like it Put a Ring On It)” out last year.

While it has been reported that it is a royal tradition for men to forego their wedding rings, Dr. Bonnie reminds us that it was also a traditional standard for royal marriages to be arranged unions. “By all accounts Prince William and Kate fell in love without nudging from royal influences. With that said, marriages are fragile, especially starting out. By Prince William wearing a ring, his symbolic statement of commitment is sealed,” says Dr. Bonnie.

In her book Adultery the Forgivable Sin, Dr. Weil describes cheat-o-grams, which are family lineages highlighting historic cheating patterns. The book portrays England’s royal family to be rich with a history of adultery, another reason the author considers Prince William’s decision not to wear a wedding ring a red flag. “Wearing a ring is a social proclamation of love as well as commitment,” Dr. Bonnie explains.

Statistics that would shed light on whether a ring-less man is more likely to cheat than a ringed one are hard to find. However, opinions run strong on this topic, and the debate doesn’t seem likely to abate once the wedding carriage is retired. Dr. Bonnie, author of Adultery the Forgivable Sin and Make Up Don’t Break Up with accompanying DVD Falling in Love and Staying in Love, advises couples on how to “cheat proof” their marriage, shore up their relationship, and keep the sizzle and passion alive.

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 Communication at 503-678-1356.

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