Kate Middleton’s ‘spine of steel’ marks difference from Princess Diana | Royal | News (Reports)


Over the past decade, Kate has demonstrated to be completely different from Princess Diana as consort of a future monarch, Canadian royal expert Patricia Treble wrote. The Duchess of Cambridge regularly shows her support for her husband Prince William, while Princess Diana had the tendency to compete for popularity with Prince Charles, she said.

The royal commentator wrote in Canadian news magazine Maclean’s: “As she enters her tenth year as a royal, it’s also obvious that she and William’s mother are completely different people: Diana was an emotionally fragile woman who actively competed with her husband to seize the spotlight and acclaim.

“Kate has a spine of steel practicality and openly supports her husband and his causes.”

The Duchess, the expert continued, has carefully considered joining the Royal Family before tying the knot with Prince William, dating the Duke for several years and “making sure his future was one that she wanted as well.”

Another royal expert previously said Kate does share several similarities with another beloved royal – but that’s not the late Princess of Wales.

Royal commentator Victoria Murphy told Yahoo UK: “I’ve always thought that Kate has more in common personality-wise with the Queen.

“Not an extrovert, but quietly self-assured with a love of the outdoors and the ability to compartmentalise.”

She added: “I think she still remains more of a team player than a leader though and perhaps more of a listener than a talker, but I think these qualities are well-suited to her current and future roles.” 

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The public show of support Kate has for her husband is often reciprocated.

In mid-November, Prince William accompanied his wife to London’s Waterloo to see in person one of the several posters scattered across the country portraying pictures hand-picked by Kate and a panel of judges as finalists of her Hold Still contest.

During their engagement, the Duke and Duchess admired the poster and spoke to the subject of one of the 100 pictures chosen by the judges. 


On the same day, Kate and William also visited St Bartholomew’s Hospital to speak to NHS staff – including one of the authors of another snap that made it among the Hold Still finalists.

Speaking about Prince William and Kate’s dynamic in public, Ms Treble also noted the Duchess complements the Duke’s “conservative approach”.

She wrote: “Both he and Kate are restrained when working, rarely holding hands or showing other signs of affection publicly.

“Kate even tamps down fashion talk by often wearing versions of the same style of dresses, coats and casual wear, while William’s outfits can best be labelled bland.

“Like her husband (and perhaps unlike her mother-in-law, Camilla), Kate tends to choose the more careful route in life.

“She spent years with William before they were married, making sure his future was one that she wanted as well.”

Kate and Prince William met at St Andrews University in 2001.

After being close friends and move in together with other peers, the couple got together in 2003.

Kate and Prince William carried out a three-day tour to Great Britain earlier this week.

The couple travelled to Scotland, England and Wales to thank frontline workers for their continuous work during the pandemic.

During their tour via Royal Train, the couple also met students and teachers to speak about their changing lives and mental health.

But they also discussed the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on key industries such as entertainment, local artists and tourism


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