Meghan Markle is the latest commoner to marry into the royal family. But Duchess Kate Middleton swept us all off of our feet when she fell in love with Prince William about a decade ago. With a stunning wedding, three kids, and many style statements, the Duchess of Cambridge has gracefully stepped into her role alongside the future King of England. Despite intrusive paparazzi, the college sweethearts try to keep things private. Here is a glimpse inside Kate’s life, including one royal task she may never enjoy (page 10).
1. A new royal era
Meghan Markle has seamlessly integrated into the royal family, in large part due to Middleton. The duchess stepped into her late mother-in law’s shoes. With her kindness, impeccable manners, and girl-next-door glow, she has helped the royals recapture the regal frenzy that had been out of their reach since Princess Diana’s death in 1997.
In 2012, a close family friend told Vanity Fair, “There’s a happiness in the House of Windsor generally at the moment for the first time ever. Charles and Camilla are genuinely happy. William is happy because Charles is troubled less, and he has Kate to share his future with.”
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