Glenn Stanton is back at Boundless, now demanding that Kate Middleton demand that Prince William wear a wedding band. Apparently the prince has decided not to wear one as a “personal choice.” He also does not like jewelry.
My opinion about wedding bands is whatever. I don’t think they are necessary, and the absence of one doesn’t necessarily signify anything. My dad stopped wearing his early on in his marriage to my mom on account of work safety issues, and as far as I can tell, his not wearing it has never been an issue. My mom wore her wedding ring, but then it got stolen when my parents moved, so now neither of my parents wear the rings they gave each other on their wedding day.
For me, the main thing that would matter is the reason for not wearing a ring. If it’s because my future husband doesn’t want to advertise his marriage, that’s obviously going to be a problem. If there are other considerations, then fine. The second main consideration would be whether he would demand that I wear a ring. A man who feels his ring is optional should also feel that his wife’s ring is optional. I can’t imagine any other attitude not resulting in a screaming match.
As for Stanton, he goes off on how Prince Charles never wore his when he was married to Diana, and DUN DUN DUN LOOK WHAT HAPPENED THERE. And now Charles wears a ring for Camilla, so clearly the absence of a ring is an ominous portent of the future for William and Kate. Stanton also thinks that William’s refusal to wear a ring is William’s refusal of Kate’s commitment to him because that is what the ring is a symbol of. Stanton ends the post with a quote from Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon character from 30 Rock. Why do they let this guy write? At least Ted Slater and Motte Brown didn’t come across like chiding church ladies.