One week until the Royal Wedding

April 22, 2011 12:40:08 PM PDT
I'm not much of an anglophile.

Oh I know there are plenty out there, but, hey, I mean, didn't we launch a revolution against those peeps, throwing tea into the harbor and not firing till we saw the whites of their eyes and all that?

I get it that lots of folks are enthralled with the royals; that's why there will be wall-to-wall TV coverage of the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. By the way, we're sending my partner Liz Cho and reporter Kemberly Richardson to London; their reports start Sunday on Eyewitness News at 11.

So I understand that the subject (no pun intended) is incredibly popular. But personally speaking, it's just not my cup of tea (again, no pun intended).

What I find most interesting is the specter of Princess Diana hovering over the royal wedding. To me, it's a great human story: A young man walking down the aisle not with his mom in the front row, but with his mom very much on the front burner of his mind.

William, looking a wee like his mum anyway, has to be thinking a great deal about her. He and his bride-to-be went to her grave and placed flowers on it. That to me is the best stuff of this royal wedding. I've gotten married with my mom alive and in attendance, and I've gotten married after she died. I missed her when she wasn't there. And, as William will find out, he'll miss her when he has kids. When I saw a sonogram of my first child, a warm calm poured through me. A kind of, and this is so not my kind of word Zen, that seemed to say to me: If I died right now, my mom would somehow live on through this new child. It was a peaceful feeling I have rarely felt.

So that's how I've related to William during this run-up to the big wedding, a week from today.

Then, this morning, something else made me say whoop. Ms. Middleton said her vow would not include the promise to "obey" her husband. You could hear the cheers from women and men everywhere. Well, with the exception of some countries where women have no rights. In those cases, the women may have been cheering, but the men were likely pretty much silent. Or grunting.

So good for Kate! Interestingly Princess Diana also did not use the word 'obey' in her vow.

If there are any more big whoops from across the pond tonight, we'll cover them, on Eyewitness News at 11.

Also at 11, a fascinating story about the fine-print rules that it turns out and who knew? governs what you can and can't insure when you mail something from the U.S. Postal Service.

More than 800 pages of rules, to be more specific. And one local man found out the hard way when he mailed a watch to Russia. He insured it, but then it was lost. And the Postal Service wouldn't honor the claim even though the Post Office charged him to insure it. So the man turned to Nina Pineda and got 7 On Your Side. And as a result of this investigation, Nina says Post Offices around the country are changing the way they do business.

We'll also have the Earth Day celebrations around the tri-state today. Interestingly, there's only one Earth Day event tonight and it's sponsored by Con Edison. I'm just sayin'.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Jeff Smith (in for Lee Goldberg) with his weekend AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports, including highlights from tonight's Game 3 NBA playoff between the Knicks and the Boston Celtics. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa (in for Liz Cho) and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.


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