On November 16, 2010, New York Times published an article titled “Diana’s Ring Seals Prince William’s Marriage Plans.” This article is about the heir to the British throne, Prince William, announcing his engagement with Kate Middleton. In A Thousand and One Nights, both kings, Shahryar and Shahzaman are cheated on by their wives. Both, evidently, kill the wives and the men the wives slept with. Shahrayar starts to marry every night and kill his newly wed wife every morning. Finally one day, he marries Shahrazad. Shahrazad is acknowledged to be an “intelligent, knowledgeable, wise, and refined” (B, 414). Shahrazad postpones her death in the morning by intentionally not finishing a story, thus making Shahrayar wait with curiosity till she finished.
Kate Middleton and Shahrazad have many similarities. First, they are both educated. Kate Middleton met Prince William in University. In fact, she will become the first princess with a college education. Second, both are predeceasing a death. Kate Middleton was given the ring of Queen Diana (who died in a car crash).