Kate Middleton's Valentine's Day Plans Will Make Her Marriage Even Stronger

kate middletonEven though most of us think of Valentine's Day as nothing more really than a Hallmark holiday, there's still plenty of silly taboo around being alone on the holiday -- especially if you're a newlywed. But that's not the case for Kate Middleton. Prince William has been deployed to the Falkland Islands for a six-week military mission, so the Duchess won't be enjoying the holiday by having a romantic candlelit dinner or chowing down on chocolates with her husband.

Instead, it looks like she's got her work cut out for her. No, really. And it actually sounds like her hubby-free Valentine's Day will be a blessing in disguise ...

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See, reportedly, Kate has her first ever solo charity engagements a few days before and on Valentine's Day. On the 14th, she's going to be in Liverpool visiting an alcohol-free bar that is linked to the charity Action on Addiction, which she was named patron of last month. Then, she'll tour the Ronald McDonald House at a children's hospital, where she'll meet staff and families (aww), participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and also tour the facilities there, including the oncology and burn units. Wow, crazy-busy day, right? Still, doesn't sound like there will be much romance to speak of on the notoriously mushy day. 

And that's okay. In fact, that's awesome news for Kate! Breaking out on her own and asserting her independence as the Duchess of Cambridge without William by her side will probably do her a world of good. Her V-Day agenda makes it seem as though she's about to come into her own in a big way. And that kind of self-empowerment does wonders for a relationship.

I really believe it's true that unless you know and love yourself, it's very difficult to love someone else. I've had friends who have floated from one relationship to the next or been in very long-term relationships since they were young, and sometimes that is just the way things pan out, but never having much time apart from a partner does have its drawbacks. Like not really having a grip on who you are without another person. 

I'm not questioning Kate's self-awareness or identity, but the woman has been through a lot of changes this past year. Her life has changed in many ways, and it seems like it would be good for her to strike out on her own and get more accustomed to her new responsibilities -- without William. So that when they're back together, she'll be even more assured of who she is and what she stands for and wants to accomplish as one-half of the beloved royal couple. That said, seems like Kate's going to have a lovely Valentine's Day after all!

Do you agree solo time is empowering and can even strengthen your relationship?

 

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