to think this is why they cancelled the honeymoon
moogster1a · 02/05/2011 10:52
AIBU to assume the royal family were told last week that OBL was dead and that's why the honeymoon was cancelled?
They should have told us all when they were on the balcony, that would have got a big cheer!
Chil1234 · 02/05/2011 10:58
YABU. I don't think the two are necessarily linked. We don't know there was a honeymoon to cancel in the first place, do we? After the massive exposure of Friday and the prospect of lots of travel on royal engagements to come, I can quite understand why they would want to spend quiet time together in a boring backwater of the UK. If they'd jetted off on holiday the press would have been running a sweepstake on the first photographer to track them down. An exotic location would have resulted in calls of ostentatiousness.
meditrina · 02/05/2011 11:01
I don't think you're right. The honeymoon plans would have had very tight security planning anyhow. The Royals live permananently under heightened terrorism threat so latest developments don't really change anything for them, and any plan will also have been designed to confound the paparrazzi.
Also, whilst Al-Qaeda do select iconic targets, the wedding itself would be far more likely (precise timings and locations known, more VIP targets, and even a hit in the crowd would be enough to disrupt the whole event). It would take major planning to hit an unannounced, well-protected holiday at unknown destination and uncertain timings.
Highlander · 02/05/2011 11:46
It's not a conspiracy theory, in that the wedding wasn't a cover-up for the operation.
OBL's death and the world-wide security alert for UK and USA foreign embassies means that it's extremely difficult for K and W to have a private, yet secure, honeymoon. The world will be a bit volatile/unpredictable over the next couple of months so it's just not safe for the Royals to go away. They'd be like sitting ducks.
Ihavewelliesbuttheyrenotgreen · 02/05/2011 13:38
I thought the same OP. But I also think that perhaps they wanted to wait a little while until the hype of the wedding had died down and then sneak away quietly. Its also possible that it could be his work commitments or that they wanted some time together at home before going away, many of possibilities.
bochead · 02/05/2011 14:02
More to do with the assination of Gaddiffi's family, including 3 grandchildren. The Queen's grandson is now a target of anyone cos of the murder of these innocents. 3 of those killed in the failed assination attempt were children. As with any child murder, this creates strong feelings. There is a risk of a tit for tat attack, given the timing of this outrage, & Wills being in the RAF doesn't help.
For security reasons, W&K couldn't risk international travel right now, which is such a shame as they deserve to be at least able to have a "normal" honeymoon like any other young couple starting out.
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EssexGurl · 02/05/2011 15:46
Honeymoon postponement was sheer work of genius imho. I don't think that they were ever going to go straight away. But pictures of Kate buying bikini's in the week before made sure everyone thought they would. Then last minute announcement completely threw the media into a spin and meant that they could actually get some privacy. Fantastic. They are probably delighted OBL is no more as it takes the heat off them even more. By the time they do get away people will have forgotten its a honeymoon and they will have a lovely time in private.
breatheslowly · 02/05/2011 15:56
I think he is only allowed to take 2 weeks off at a time, so if they want a honeymoon of any length then they have to have it another time. While he probably could ask for more leave due to his special status, quite rightly he tries to follow the rules that all of his colleagues have to follow.
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