What ground might the royal couple cover in their own marriage preparation sessions?
Miriam Bellamy, a licensed marriage and family therapist who does not counsel William and Kate, says that it could be smart for the couple to delve into relations with the in-laws. "How will Kate negotiate being herself with fulfilling her responsibilities as a royal family member?" asks Bellamy. "How will Prince William deal with being in the middle—between Kate and family expectations? How can he deal with the anxiety of wanting to please his family (he is the first born, after all) and being a supportive friend, partner and companion to his wife?"
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In addition, she throws out a few more questions they'd do well to consider before saying "I do." "In what ways can they maintain their connection with each other when the public pressure is high?" asks Bellamy. "What say does Kate have with their finances, or with decisions that require finances? How can they create space where Prince William is just William and Princess Catherine is just Kate?"
Finally, and most importantly, "Can they talk about sex with this counselor, or is it a royal taboo to get this personal? I think they must talk about it to keep their humanity in clear focus. Nothing helps with humility like getting naked with one's spouse."
Should all couples seek out some form of premarital counseling?
Saint-Paul, the writer and life coach, and her husband found premarital counseling incredibly valuable, and especially enjoyed "hearing from these couples who had been married a long time, how they dealt with things that came up in their marriage." Counseling, she says, helped them reflect more seriously on the vows they were going to be taking.
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"Those vows were about more than just my own personal feelings of happiness. They were a commitment I made to my husband and to God. When I have those 'get me out of here' moments, I come back to those vows and they ground me. Eight years later, we're still glad we did it, and we always recommend to couples that they do an extensive marriage preparation."