Countdown to the Royal Wedding

Meet the Middletons

While the focus on the world’s media for the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton remains firmly on the ‘fairy tale’ romance, Lookonline’s entertainment editor and royals expert Diane Clehane writes about why the most fascinating characters in the latest chapter of the British royal family soap opera are its supporting players. The most interesting of the bunch is the Middleton family — whose members are royally suited for the tabloid stories they are sure to spawn in the coming months and years. Although the Windsors are used to the slings and arrows of the media and somehow managed to defy the odds in the face of the wholesale disgust of the public in the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death, the Middleton’s are newcomers to the limelight — and it sometimes shows. Kate’s parents Carole and Michael’s are treading carefully, but will their party loving younger children and Carole’s reportedly drug addled brother crack the family’s carefully crafted image? Find out in Diane Clehane’s latest installment in her ‘Countdown to the Royal Wedding’
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Ernest Schmatolla is publisher of Lookonline since 1994. It is the longest running fashion site on the Internet.

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