Though Meghan Markle has captured the world’s attention as the latest commoner to marry into the royal family, Duchess Kate Middleton swept us all off of our feet about a decade ago when she fell in love with Prince William at their university. The college sweethearts have had their ups and downs, but with a whirlwind wedding, three perfect kiddos, and some gorgeous displays of fashion, the Duchess of Cambridge has stepped gracefully into her role alongside the future King of England.
Despite the public interest and intruding paparazzi photos, Prince William and Middleton have managed to keep a lot of their life very private. Here is a glimpse inside of her royal life.
A new royal era
Meghan Markle has been able to seamlessly integrate into the royal family, in large part because of Middleton. The duchess stepped into her late mother-in law’s shoes. With her kindness, impeccable manners, and girl-next-door glow, she has been able to help the royals recapture the regal frenzy that had been out of their reach since Princess Diana’s death in 1997.
In 2012, a close friend of the family 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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