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Kate and Camilla's lunch date

Advice and bowls. This, in my experience, is what most newlyweds can expect to get lots of in the months leading up to a wedding. The bowls are slightly curious – what is it about the celebration of unity that inspires people to gift crystal fruit and salad vessels?

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Advice and bowls.

This, in my experience, is what most newlyweds can expect to get lots of in the months leading up to a wedding. The bowls are slightly curious – what is it about the celebration of unity that inspires people to gift crystal fruit and salad vessels? Something about the roundness? The singularity? The seventy-to-one-hundred-dollar price point?

But the advice thing is a given. When you get engaged you can be sure that everyone – happily wedded, single or bitterly divorced – is suddenly an expert on married life. Worse yet, many of these well-intentioned busy bodies will take it upon themselves to tell you how to plan your wedding, whether you’ve solicited their opinion or not.

And just imagine if your wedding also happened to be a Major International Media Event. The amount of advice and bowls winging their way toward Kate Middleton simply does not bear thinking about.

It only seemed fitting that Kate had been spotted having a lengthy wedmin (all the admin, or boring organization you have to do when planning a wedding) -focused lunch with her step-mother-in-law-to-be, Camilla Parker Bowles. According to the Daily Mail, the pair seemed to be having a grand old time and the servers could hardly get a word in edge-wise. Kate clutched a pen and notepad, while the Duchess of Cornwall (who is on marriage number two) was overheard discussing the acoustic logistics of trumpets and saying, “Can I just give you one more piece of advice?”

I’m sure Camilla meant well. The advice-givers always do. According to onlookers, Kate seemed quite jolly, laughing and smiling all the way through the meal. Privately, however, I bet the girl needs another piece of wedmin advice like she needs an extra salad bowl. Or a Parker Bowles, as the case may be.