Kate Middleton Will Not Promise to "Obey" in Vows
Kate Middleton will not promise to obey Prince William in her vows at the royal wedding on April 29th.
Instead of saying the traditional "love, honor and obey," Middleton will vow to "love, comfort, honor and keep" her prince. Her choice of modern vows are front-page news in London papers.
CBS correspondent Barry Petersen is in London.
"What has the reaction been in London?" INSIDE EDITION's Diane McInerney asks him.
Petersen says, "I'm sure there are older people who say, 'Well gee she ought to do it the way that I did it,' but I think for young people, this is really important. Young couples who get married, they're way past this idea that the wife is supposed to obey the husband. I think that went out a long time ago!"
Middleton is following in the footsteps of William's late mother, Princess Diana, who also famously refused to utter the word "obey" 30 years ago when she married Prince Charles.
"Three decades ago that was almost unheard of," says McInerney.
"It was very unheard of. I think that Di, in so many ways, who broke so many conventions, also made a way for women to not have to say 'I'm going to obey the man I'm going to marry,' " says Petersen.
And there's a flurry of last-minute activity going on behind the scenes in London in preparation for the royal wedding.
Final rehearsals are underway for the boys' choir that will serenade the royal couple at Westminster Abbey and the royal cake maker is busy creating delicate ivory sugar flowers to decorate the wedding cake.
Newlywed Reese Witherspoon told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres that she's super-psyched for the royal "I dos."
"You're truly, really excited about the royal wedding? Probably more than your own wedding I would think," DeGeneres said.
"Absolutely!" confirmed Witherspoon.
We're also learning about the extreme measures Middleton is taking ensure the total secrecy of her wedding gown.
"Kate's dress is actually being made inside Buckingham Palace, to keep security, because there's so much more interest now. The paparazzi attention is so much stronger than it was [when Diana was married]," says Alisande Healy Orme, author of Kate Style.
And there is increased buzz that Middleton's dress is being designed by Daniella Helayel. The Brazilian-born designer created Middleton's now-iconic navy blue engagement dress and she has scored an invite to the wedding, heating up speculation that she's creating the wedding gown soon to be seen by millions around the world.