Published On: Sat, Apr 18th, 2020

Kate Middleton news: Prince William’s wife did royal role differently from Queen

Kate Middleton and Prince William tied the knot nearly ten years after they met at university. After that, the Duchess of Cambridge began working as a full-time royal and will often carry out official duties. However, an expert explained how she has done things very differently from the Queen.

Instead, the Duchess may have looked to Princess Diana for inspiration.

Speaking in Amazon Prime documentary, Royalty Close Up: The Photography of Kent Gavin, journalist Anne Robinson said: “Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, it seems hard to call her that — but she has a legacy from Diana in that her touch is much softer.

“She engages with the public in a way that the Queen has never intended to and never wanted to, she’s always kept her mystery and her distance.”

The Queen has carried out countless official duties and met with many members of the public over the years.


However, the expert suggested she will keep her distance when doing this.

On the other hand, Princess Diana would often closely engage with the public and was known as the “People’s Princess”.

Kate has also been known to ditch the formalities and take a warm approach.

During her last outing before the coronavirus lockdown, royal fans were quick to comment on Kate’s caring nature.

Writing on Instagram, one wrote: “Really great work from you two!! Thank you for bringing some light in these dark times.”

“With her marriage in tatters there was a sense of her enveloping her boys in love, building strong emotional ties that meant they were often presented as a strong unit of three rather than four.

“Kate also finds it important to create a four – and now five – strong unit.

“Her attention and bonding techniques seem to involve bending to the child’s height to communicate, which might suggest a desire to grow their confidence by tuning into them to make them feel more grown-up and independent.”

How did Kate Middleton become a royal?

Early life

Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.

She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.

Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.


Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.

After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.

For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.

Relationship with Prince William

Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.

In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.

The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.


Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.

On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.

Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.

Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.

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