Money Mix Up: How Prince William and Kate's Financial Backgrounds Could Impact Marriage

Posted on 01/20/2011

In less than 100 days the wedding the world is waiting for will finally take place when Prince William and Kate Middleton say “I do.” But some people are predicting trouble in the castle because Prince William is royalty and, well, his fiancée Kate Middleton is not. Kate Middleton is from the middle class. She never had servants or limos or vacation homes. So can this couple with vastly different views of money make it? Most experts agree Prince William and Kate’s varying financial backgrounds could impact their marriage. Here’s how.

Kate May Feel Like an Outsider - Some financial experts say it’s common in a situation like this for the less-wealthy partner to feel like they have to win the approval of the rich person’s family. Kate may struggle with feeling like she’s not completely accepted by the Queen and the rest of the royal bunch.

They May Not Share Financial Philosophies - Kate may understand the importance of working for a living, while Prince William may not. There’s no telling how different their financial philosophies could be which will mean added challenges when setting priorities and raising children. The good news is this couple has already known each other for nearly a decade so there’s a good chance that they’ve talked these issues over.

Raising Kids Could be Tough - It’s important for parents to be on the same page when it comes to teaching certain life lessons to little ones. Kate and William may have a difficult time finding common ground when it comes time to raise children.

Kate Could Harbor Resentment - It’s no secret that members of the lower and middle class may hold on to jealousy or resentment of the upper class. If Kate brings that attitude into the marriage it may cause battles. She’ll have to try to put herself in William’s shoes and he’ll have to do the same if they want to hold on to marital bliss.

By Alison Storm

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Posted on 01.20.11 at 9:40 AM

As Miss Middleton's parents are self-made millionaires, somehow I think she will do just fine in her new lifestyle. Such a negative tone to the above opinions...

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