‘Kate’s success is that she didn’t follow in Diana’s footsteps’: royal expert

Since Kate Middleton obtained engaged to her prince charming wearing her late mother-in-law’s sapphire and diamond ringthere have been comparisons between princess diana and his daughter-in-law.

However, royal commentator and author Katie Nicholl tells 9Honey the Duchess of CambridgeThe success of in her royal role is due to the fact that she did not try to be the next princess of the people.

“I think one of Kate’s great strengths, and one of her real successes, is that she didn’t follow in Diana’s footsteps,” Nicholl told 9Honey.

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Royal commentator Katie Nicholl tells 9Honey that the Duchess of Cambridge’s success in her royal role is because she didn’t try to be the next Princess Diana (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

“I don’t think she’s trying to emulate Diana. I think she was so aware of the comparison from the start, but despite the weight of that engagement ring on her finger, and the significance that has and the comparisons she inevitably draws, she is actually a very different woman.

“Her success has been in carving out an identity for herself within the royal family as Duchess of Cambridge and taking on that role herself.”

“Kate really strives and works really hard to be her own royal, to be her own person.”

The royal biographer admits there have been ‘echoes of Diana in Kate’, but these are ‘very deliberate nods’ to the Princess of Wales at particular times.

“I think a respectful nod, a respectful tribute. After George was born when she wore that blue and white dress, after Louis was born she was in red, it was very Diana, Diana had worn the same kind of red dress,” Nicholl said.

Princess Diana and Kate Middleton Duchess of Cambridge Style Moments - Birth of Prince William of Lindo Wing, Birth of Prince George
The royal biographer admits there have been ‘echoes from Diana to Kate’, but these are ‘very deliberate nods’ to the Princess of Wales at particular times (Getty)

“You see it when she wears her jewelry and some of her outfits…really, it’s a respectful nod and an acknowledgment of the continuation of the story.”

Nicholl adds that it’s just the aesthetic that draws comparisons for his mind.

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“We see it in the way she sort of tries to bring up the kids in an ordinary way, which is what Diana really wanted for Harry and William,” she notes.

“But I think most of the time Kate really strives and works really hard to be her own royal, to be her own person, to be a totally unique Duchess of Cambridge, and I think she’s achieved that. “

Diana, Princess of Wales arrives for a breast cancer symposium at Northwestern University of Law in Chicago on June 4, 1996
Although 25 years have passed since Diana’s death, it looks like future royals will continue to be compared to the people’s princess and her “almost matchless legacy”, says Nicholl (Tim Graham Photo Library via Get)

Nicholl notes that in comparison, Diana’s other daughter-in-law, Meghan Markle, may have had plans to be Princess Diana version 2.0, but thinks she may have turned to inheritance of Diana to form “a model for her own philanthropy and royal role”.

“I’m pointing more to the Obamas model as a role model, but I can see why people are drawing comparisons between Meghan wanting to be an activist/philanthropist/advocate for issues she cares about and drawing parallels to Diana with that,” says Nicholas.

Although 25 years have passed since Diana’s death, it looks like future royals will continue to be compared to the people’s princess and her “almost matchless legacy”, Nicholl said.

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Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, at the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday February 26, 2022, Meghan wearing Princess Diana's gold cuff bracelet.

Meghan wears Princess Diana’s gold cuff at awards night

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