Hearts are breaking all over the world.  Us Weekly reports that “after eight years of dating and two brief splits, Prince William and love Kate Middleton will finally tie the knot next year.”  Due to Prince William’s wedding jitters, Kate Middleton agreed to wait after making a secret pact to marry three years ago while the royal couple were on vacation in the Seychelles.  While the palace representative refuses to comment on the matter, sources are claiming, “The engagement will be announced in 2011.”

What are the benefits to a secret engagement?

Cupid’s Advice:

You’ve said ‘yes’!  Now what?  There are many ways to celebrate your engagement, and keeping a secret is just one of them:

1. Avoid the Q&A: The engagement period is meant to be a special time between you and your fiancée.  Keeping it a secret can help keep both of you relaxed while avoiding  never-ending questions from friends and family.

2. Keep family peace: Unfortunately, your family won’t love just anyone you bring home.  If you’re certain that your current mate is “the one,” keeping your engagement a secret will keep the peace.

3. Easily elope: While it’s been said that every girl dreams of the day she walks down the aisle, most people forget about the months of chaotic planning.  An alternative choice is to remain mum and elope!   Just be sure to send out a beautiful photo to friends and family who missed out.