The Real Reason Katherine Schwarzenegger’s Mother Isn’t Talking About the Engagement

Maria Shriver at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel

Maria Shriver hasn’t said much about Katherine’s engagement to Chris Pratt | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Despite being the driving force between the two’s relationship, Maria Shriver hasn’t had much to say about her daughter’s engagement to actor Chris Pratt. But it isn’t that Shriver isn’t happy for the two of them. She’s thrilled that her matchmaking skills worked so wonderfully and that her daughter is happy.

Maria Shriver set up actor Chris Pratt with her daughter, Katherine Schwarzenegger, last year. Since both were highly involved in the church, she thought they would have a lot in common. She was right. The two quickly hit it off, although they managed to keep their relationship out of the spotlight for quite some time.

But with so much to be happy for and talk about during this engagement, why is Maria Shriver staying so quiet? The reason is more awesome than you’d imagine.

Maria Shriver is respecting her daughter’s wishes

During a recent interview, Shriver revealed that her daughter asked her to not steal her thunder. “She’s super happy — and gave me very strict instructions not to talk about it.” Katherine Schwarzenegger told her mother that “It’s not your moment,” and Shriver agreed with her.

Now, when asked about her daughter’s engagement to Chris Pratt, the journalist only says that she is very happy for the two. You have to respect how Maria Shriver both understands and respects her daughter’s wishes.

Pratt and Schwarzenegger’s engagement announcement

The celebrity world has been buzzing since Chris Pratt announced his proposal to Katherine Schwarzenegger. It seems like nobody can talk about anything else, and everyone is cheering the two.

The announcement was made on social made. A picture of Pratt and Schwarzenegger (sporting a big diamond ring on her finger) was captioned with “Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!”

A possible secondary reason for Shriver staying quiet

Although the main reason Maria Shriver is staying silent about the engagement has to do with her daughter asking her not to, it’s hinted in the same interview that there is a secondary reason. There is a brief mention of how Katherine may want to “keep as much private as possible,” which is very believable considering how private she and Pratt have been.

Since all mothers want to make their children happy, it wouldn’t be far fetched to think Shriver is trying to keep the engagement as private as possible. Considering all the media attention it has received, every little effort counts a lot.

Pratt and Schwarzenegger’s desire to be private

It can be difficult to stay out of the spotlight when you’re a celebrity, and both members of this couple are very well-known. Chris Pratt is an actor best known for his roles in Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World. Katherine Schwarzenegger is a New York Times best-selling author. Oh, and she’s also the daughter of the infamous actor/former California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and journalist Maria Shriver.

The newly engaged couple did a pretty good job at maintaining more privacy than would be expected in their circumstances. The two had been “talking” for at least two months before they were photographed having a cozy picnic together. Even after the picnic, the idea the two were dating was only a rumor.

The rumors remained rumors until Pratt and Schwarzenegger shared a public kiss in July – a month after their picnic. Even then, it was unknown whether the two were only “seeing each other” or were an official item. That was not revealed until Chris Pratt posted on social media on Katherine Schwarzenegger’s birthday.