Royal wedding watch: Fake invitations, look-a-likes and obedience

With the big day nearing for Prince William and Kate Middleton, the internet is abuzz with royal wedding stories. As a confessed wedding obsessive, I'll be keeping up with what's being talked about. This week's round up includes counterfeit invitations, look-a-likes and the question of obedience.

Is the so-called fashion secret of the year, out? The Sunday Times reports that the designer of Kate Middleton's wedding dress is former Alexander McQueen acolyte Sarah Burton.

Burton's boss denies the claim, but it has set the rumour mill spinning at a furious pace.

In a true sign of the times, Prince William and Kate Middleton's modern romance has gone digital, with this week's launch of an official wedding website. The site promises "exclusive content" and "regular updates", and should anyone erroneously believe the royals are not up to speed on the social media scene, try this paragraph on for size:

"The website will bring together all of the official social media around the event, including the Clarence House and Buckingham Palace Flickr account, Twitter (@Clarence House), The Royal Channel on YouTube and the British Monarchy Facebook page, providing direct easy access to all channels of communication. Subject to further planning work, the website may feature a live web stream broadcast of the wedding itself."

But it's a fair bet that one celebrity family won't be "friending" the royal couple in a hurry.

Celebrity mum and daughter Sharon and Kelly Osbourne have better things to do than sit and ponder what they will be doing on 29 April, reveals E! Online. When asked if they would attend the wedding, Osbourne Snr told reporters:

"I've got to work. Are you crazy?"

Osbourne Jnr chimed in with:

"I don't want to go. I don't know them. Why would you go to someone's wedding you don't know? You'd be wedding crashers."

Talking of which, an unnamed man allegedly attempted to sell blank copies of the royal invitations to an undercover reporter for just under £2,000, says the Daily Telegraph.

"A reporter for the the Mail on Sunday met the man last week and was shown an invitation almost identical to the genuine document. The only difference between the genuine and fake invitation is that the black market version is missing two dotted lines where the names of guests are written by hand."

Ah-ha! Foiled by the missing dotted lines.

Despite the slim chance of any counterfeit invitation slipping by security the entertainment blog Defamer humorously suggests they'd pay the hefty price tag for a chance to be close to a certain royal.

"We'd totally pay that to be close to Prince Harry. Or maybe [alluding to an image of the invitation] we can just print this page out, scribble our name on the line and try to saunter into Westminster Abbey. That could work!"

Meanwhile, reports that satirical photographer and filmmaker Alison Jackson is trying to make a pretty penny off of a book that loosely documents the long-standing romance of the prince and his future queen.

"The photographic title will take a tongue-in-cheek look at the royal romance through the lens of photographer and Bafta award-winning filmmaker Jackson, who has made a name for herself through her use of famous look-a-likes to create paparazzi parodies."

Anne Furniss, the editorial director of publishing house Quadrille, is in no mood for accusations of shameless cashing in:

"This is an affectionate peep behind the scenes, looking at the romance, in-laws, wedding preparations and the big day itself. The book will include humorous photographs that aim to answer probing and personal questions on the forthcoming marriage of Prince William and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton."

But princess-to-be Kate Middleton apparently has bigger questions to wrestle with. Bigger maybe even than the dress.

Ashley Peskoe for the ABC News blog the Royal Diary asks: "Will Kate Middleton 'obey' Prince William?"

"To obey or not to obey; that is the question. When Prince William and Kate Middleton ascend the altar next month and vow 'to love and to cherish till death us do part', Kate must decide if she is going to say the traditional vows or, instead, use a modernized version. In the traditional vows, the groom promises 'to love and cherish till death do us part' and the bride promises to 'love, cherish and obey'. In the modern vows, however, the word 'obey' is excluded."

If immediate family history is any indication, here's a clue: according to ABC News, Prince William's mother, Princess Diana, was the only royal bride to opt for the modern vows, when she married in 1981.

"If Kate wants to throw out both of these options and write her own vows, well, that is out of the question. The Church of England forbids couples from using any vows other than those written by the church."

...which firmly rules out any of those contemporary vows such as: "I declare my respect and commitment and promise to strive for happiness and harmony."