Royal wedding hat sells for $131,000

It was by far the most ridiculous thing that anyone wore to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, but all’s well that ends well, right?  The hat that Princess Beatrice wore was sold on eBay earlier this week, and ended up bringing in a final winning bid of $131,000 for charity.

Some of the money will go to UNICEF UK, which is a charity that works worldwide to give underprivileged children access to health care and education.  Another beneficiary, Children in Crisis, helps finance educations for children who would otherwise be doomed to a life of poverty.  So the hat was good for something after all!

Kate Middleton may be asked to sign a prenup

Kate Middleton might have to pay the price for royal paranoia about messy divorces, as her fiancé, Prince William, is being told by his advisors that he and Middleton should sign a prenuptial agreement in order to protect the royal assets.  Middleton’s family is not poor by any means, but what they have pales in comparison to what Middleton might stand to walk away with if she and William ever split.

The biggest concern is that when Queen Elizabeth dies, she will be leaving a major portion of her nearly half-billion dollar net worth to her eldest grandson, and if he and his wife divorce and there is no prenup in place, a lot of that money could end up in the hands of the Middletons.  There is no word yet on whether William will take the advice and get the agreement drawn up.

The Beckhams get invited to the royal wedding

The invitations for Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s wedding are starting to roll out, and the big news seems to be that David and Victoria Beckham have both been invited (though, apparently, not their sons).

David had mentioned a couple of months ago that he’d love to be invited, and there’s no word as to whether or not that little piece of information managed to get back to the palace, but no matter whether or not the message got through, it’s a happy ending for the Beckhams.  So now, of course, everyone will be waiting to see what Victoria decides to wear, and hoping that she doesn’t try to steal the show from the bride.

Ellen DeGeneres is part of the British royal family

I don’t think anyone would ever confuse comedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres for royalty, but it turns out she’s distantly related to the woman who will one day be the Queen of England. Kate Middleton, fiancée of Prince William, is Ellen’s 15th cousin.

The news came via a letter from the New England Genealogical Society, in which Ellen was informed that although the relationship between her and the Middletons is distant, it’s there nonetheless.  Ellen, of course, joked about being invited to the wedding, but somehow I don’t see it happening.  Being 15th cousins does not exactly make her and Kate besties.

Bishop in hot water over royal-bashing

London bishop Pete Broadbent is getting a lot of heavy criticism over some comments he made on Facebook about the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. He described the hoopla surrounding the wedding as “nauseating,” and went on to say that he gave the marriage seven years at best.

As if that weren’t enough, he went on to say that the royal family was full of “broken marriages and philanderers,” and generally expressed distaste for their celebrity.  Just to put the icing on the cake, Broadbent then targeted Prince Charles and Princess Diana, calling them “Big Ears and the Porcelain Doll.”  Was “Porcelain Doll” meant to be an insult?  Whatever the case, the bishop has now apologized for his comments, saying that he realizes he shouldn’t have said those things on the internet.  You think?

Prince William finally getting married

It’s about damned time – the British royal family released a statement that Prince William is finally engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Kate Middleton, whom he met at university in 2002.  They began dating in 2003, and almost immediately there was speculation about whether Middleton would become the next member of the royals.

The rumors were up, down, and all around – at one point the press said they were on the verge of breaking up – but now they’re finally heading toward the finish line. Prince Charles expressed relief at the announcement, and apparently the wedding is being scheduled for spring or summer of 2011.  It’s going to be huge, you can bet on that.

Prince William and Kate Middleton Kissing Cousins!

Prince William and Kate Middleton, girlfriend and possible future queen, are apparently cousins! Granted, the relationship is very, very distant, but it turns out the two lovebirds are actually related, weirdly enough.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton and Prince William reportedly share a much-reviled ancestor by the name of Sir Thomas Leighton. Leighton was allegedly governor of Guernsey in the 17th century and a horrible murdering tyrant. According to the Daily Mail, Leighton is Prince William’s 12th generation great-grandfather and Kate Middleton’s 11th generation great-grandfather. That supposedly makes them 12th cousins, once removed.

We doubt anyone will really care a bit that the two share a distant ancestor. After all, back in the day the royal throne was occupied by the offspring of all kinds of incestuous relationships.

We’re sure plenty of folks on the planet are probably married to some kind of cousin and don’t know it. They just don’t have people trolling through their genealogy to find the least little connection they can dig up!

Although, if you look closely, the two do rather kind of look alike a bit… especially in the nose and cheekbones. Hmmmmm.

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