For Katie Nicholl, it’s easy to see why Kate Middleton, the new Princess of Wales, succeeded in navigating real life while the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, struggled.
The royal correspondent for Vanity Fair has written a new book titled, “The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown”, which explores the lives of those who now lead the House of Windsor. In it, he details how Kate managed to thrive as a member of the British royal family, while Markle ultimately stepped back from her husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.
“Marrying into a member of the royal family can seem easy, it can seem like a wonderful life of… 24-hour staff,” Nicholl explained to Fox News Digital. “The reality is that it’s really hard… We can look back [Diana]the princess of Wales, [and] the struggles she had, the isolation she felt at a very early stage in her marriage to the Prince of Wales.”
“And Sarah Ferguson, you know, I don’t think she ever fell in love with Prince Andrew, but she never got to see him,” she said. “He was busy with his royal career. She stayed home for long periods of time and eventually the marriage broke up. When you look at the success stories, you look at Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, who has had a very long-term marriage to Prince Edward.
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Kate, wife of the new heir to the throne, Prince William, both 40 years old, is the eldest of three children. According to reports of her, she was once mocked by some in royal circles for her middle-class upbringing. Her father, Michael, worked as a pilot while her mother, Carole, was a flight attendant before they launched a mail-order business that sold party supplies.
“I had a very happy childhood,” he once said. “It was a lot of fun, I’m very lucky to come from a very strong family, my parents were very dedicated to us.”
The Middletons, from a wealthy area of Berkshire, west of London, moved to Jordan when the future princess was 2 years old because of her father’s job. They returned to England in 1986. Kate herself attended the exclusive Marlborough College, where she played sports, including hockey, tennis and netball.
In 2001, Kate began studying art history at the University of St. Andrews, where did he meet william. The couple were friends for more than a year. As a romance blossomed, the couple split in 2007. William later acknowledged their relationship faltered for several months, saying they were both young and trying to find their way.
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It didn’t take long for the British tabloids to target Kate. She was nicknamed “Waity Katie”, which suggests that she was waiting for William to propose to her. The couple reportedly got back together in 2008. William proposed to Kate in 2010 while on vacation in Kenya. It is believed that the palace did not officially announce the engagement until a few weeks later. They said “I do” in 2011 and are now the parents of three children.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s whirlwind romance moved at lightning speed compared to the Prince and Princess of Wales. The former American actress, 41, met the British prince in 2016 after a blind date. In 2017, Kensington Palace confirmed the couple’s engagement. They married in 2018. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as media intrusions and racist attitudes towards the former “Suits” star. The family now resides in California with their two children.
“I think you look at the new Princess of Wales because she married as a commoner and she is the first commoner in hundreds of years to marry a future king,” Nicholl explained. “And she’s been remarkably successful in that role. I think the 10-year courtship that she and William had was really crucial to her success as a royal. William said so. at the time of your engagement, and it had been a long engagement. He gave Kate the time to…really understand what real life was going to be like and, in fact, [decide] if it was what she wanted. So I think that 10-year courtship was absolutely pivotal.”
“It also allowed them to have a really solid foundation as a couple,” Nicholl continued. “And, of course, it gave her time to decide what she was going to do when she became a royal. And, you know, I think it’s a great credit to Kate as she steps into those big shoes to become the Princess of Wales, that his greatest success has been carving out his own role within the royal family to create his own identity, and really, that’s not easy, it’s not easy. [to be] in Diana’s shadow, but I think she managed to do it.
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According to the royal family’s website, Kate dedicates her time to various causes, including early childhood support, children’s mental health, and the benefits of participating in sports. As a photographer, she is a patron of several arts organizations and is known for sharing many of her photos with the public over the years.
Today, Kate has been recognized as a “reliable royalty” who supports the monarchy without scandal.
For 11 years under the royal microscope, the princess has largely avoided criticism by embracing the royal maxim “never complain, never explain.”
This was evident last year when the Duchess of Sussex alleged in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that Kate had brought her to tears during a disagreement over flower girl dresses in the run-up to the Sussexes’ wedding. The princess and the palace responded with silence.
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Nicholl, who has watched Kate for years, previously described the royal as brave and self-confident, a person aware of her strengths.
“I think the monarchy is in good hands,” Nicholl said.
King Charles III named Kate and William the new Princes and Princesses of Wales one day after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch passed away on September 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She was 96.
Associated Press contributed to this report.