We've seen it all before: the pomp, the circumstance, the beautiful bride marrying her prince. Then it all went horribly wrong. Why should we expect anything different this time? Royal watchers say it all comes down to Kate and her confidence. Kate's older, more sophisticated, already more press-savvy than 19-year-old shy, virginal Diana on her wedding day. Diana was isolated, without her mother or sisters, during her wedding preparations, and "wasn't terribly grounded," recalls one of her bridesmaids. Diana's body language was "very closed. You could see she wasn't comfortable with the cameras," explains an ABC News correspondent. "You'd see her looking down," with her hair "covering her eyes, because she didn't want to be photographed."
Kate, on the other hand, already exudes a royal ease. "Even when she's just out shopping, she's smiling," notes the ABC correspondent. "She's flicking her hair, she's very aware of her presence, she's very aware of her effect on the cameras and she does it incredibly well. That took Diana years to master." Another difference is the groom. The stuffy, reluctant, much older Charles was chatting up mistress Camilla Parker Bowles even as his wedding preparations were underway, while Williams appears completely smitten with his Kate, say observers. Who knows? This time, the bride might live happily ever after.