Royal wedding: American reaction to the Prince's engagement

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The news that Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged has been making headlines in the United States, where there has been a long-standing interest in the British Royal Family.

The front cover of the popular celebrity magazine Us weekly has a picture of the beaming couple. "Royal Wedding Is On! - the secret proposal", reads the headline.

All of this was published last week before the couple's engagement had been confirmed by Clarence House, but is an example of the level of media interest in Prince William's relationship with Kate Middleton.

News sites, television and radio stations in the US are all reporting the couple's wedding plans, and at Washington DC's busy union train station, the impending nuptials were generating much discussion.

"I'm really excited as I was a huge fan of Princess Diana", says Margaret Lynne, from Springfield in the state of Missouri.

"To see her sons growing up and for William to be turning of age and marrying is a very exciting time for me," she adds.

For many Americans, it is the legacy of Princess Diana, and her huge popularity here, which has led to a continued interest in the lives of her sons.

"I'm surprised he's getting married now," says Tina Anderson from Green Bay in the state of Wisconsin. "I thought he might wait until he's older."

Age issues aside, Mrs Anderson says she will look forward to watching the big event on television next year, having watched Lady Diana Spencer marry Prince Charles on American television all those years ago.

"I think a lot of people will follow it, they'll want to see pictures of them like they do of any other celebrity."

Paparazzi interest

It's a sentiment that is played out in many of the conversations here with some people saying they will now be seeking out pictures and following the wedding preparations.

But even those who won't be across every dress, table arrangement and invite, are celebrating the news.

"It's fun," says John Faughnan of Minnesota. "It beats reading about the great recession."

Mr Faughnan said he had only learned Kate Middleton's name this morning, and the future Queen's profile here in the US is still relatively low. But one American cable station was already offering factfiles and guides on Miss Middleton for the uninitiated.

"I hope she won't be hounded by the media as much as Princess Diana was," adds Margaret Lynne.

But her friend Michelle May chips in with an alternative perspective.

"She knows what she's signing up for that's the truth," she said. "She can't really be surprised when the paparazzi come running after her."