Kate Middleton May Be Royalty, But These Photos Show the Reasons We Definitely Don’t Want Her Life
Nothing is as perfect as it seems.
Kate Middleton’s life seems to be the perfect fairy tale of a commoner who married her prince and became royalty. Yet, she had to make some big changes when she joined the royal family.
While living the royal life looks glamorous on the surface, there are several reasons Kate’s position isn’t as appealing as you think. These revealing photos detail the most tiresome and rigorous aspects of her royal life, including something she has to deal with on a constant basis that would be too much to handle for most people (No. 10).
1. She has to follow an incredibly strict dress code
A burden on the royal family? They always have to look like they stepped out of a portrait. Middleton, who once wore low-rise jeans and loose tank tops in the summer, is now confined to pleated skirts, dress pants, and hats on hats on hats — regardless of the weather.
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2. There’s no such thing as a private moment
Kate Middleton gave birth to Prince Louis of Cambridge, fifth in line to the throne, at 11:01 am on April 23, 2018. Only hours later, she was standing and waving in the Peter Pan-collared, red Jenny Packham shift dress, nude heels, and full hair and makeup.
The moment caused some debate over whether her appearance gave women “unrealistic messages” about how their bodies should “bounce back” after pregnancy. However, the whole world was clamoring for a look at the new prince, which rendered the photo opportunity unavoidable.
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3. Her worst moments are caught on camera
The age of the internet has both fostered the concept of “celebrity” and made life harder for those who hold the title. Middleton, who was once the eldest of three children in a middle-class family, took photographs she probably never thought would see the light of day.
Now those moments are immortalized on the internet, and all it takes is a simple search of her name to find them. Every modeling attempt, roller disco, and night of partying photographed by tabloids is published in an attempt to capture the “life of Kate Middleton.”
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4. She can’t vote
There was public controversy when headlines published that the queen “backed” Brexit, the movement to secede from the European Union because the family doesn’t vote for political office and must refrain from having a political opinion.
“Although not prohibited by law, it is considered unconstitutional for the Monarch to vote in an election,” the U.K. Parliament website states.
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5. She always has to be level-headed
Multiple friends of Middleton have all come to the same conclusion: In a high-pressure situation, the Duchess keeps her cool. “She’s very measured, very controlled,” Richard Dennen, a magazine editor and friend of Middleton’s, told CNN. He recalled a nightclub that the duchess used to go to, Boujis, where she would frequently check her hair and makeup in the bathroom before facing the photographers outside.
School friend Jules Knight had a similar anecdote about her long-time friend. “I haven’t seen her lose her temper with a photographer or lash out. In a way she’s the perfect consort for Prince William because she’s not a risky choice: she’s smart and she’s level-headed and she’s well behaved.”
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6. She can’t take risks
Large hats aside, Middleton’s friends find that the duchess plays it safe in fashion and friendship alike. “She specifically doesn’t want to be a fashion icon,” Dennen told CNN. “I think she’s probably concerned with looking absurd.”
The royal family wants to be known for its hard work rather than an eccentric style. Royals also pick and choose their confidants with a careful hand, according to Dennen. “I think they’re extremely careful about the people they hang out with. They really trust their friends. I would say they don’t actually have that many friends … understandably.”
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7. She’ll have to raise her kids in the spotlight
Parents talk about the act of raising kids as one of the hardest and most rewarding things they’ve ever done. Kate Middleton and Prince William appear to be loving parents, but we’re sure it gets stressful to try and raise intelligent, well-rounded kids — who also have to act as royalty and potentially take the throne of England one day.
In fact, Prince William and Middleton are intent on raising their kids with a sense of normalcy. “As far as we’re concerned, within our family unit, we are a normal family … I love my children the same way any father does,” he once said. This normalcy mindset helps Middleton handle the constant pressure of No. 10.
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8. She has to remain politically neutral
Middleton’s dark green Jenny Packham gown sparked controversy at the 2018 British Academy Film Awards. The BAFTAs encouraged the attendees to wear all-black ensembles to support the Time’s Up movement to protest sexual harassment.
Fans and protestors questioned Middleton’s dress as the royal has a history of feminist-driven activism and human rights work. While it’s no longer a written rule, politics are considered a matter for the British public to decide, and the royal family is expected to refrain from leaning one way or another.
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9. She has less time to pursue her hobbies
Granted, most new parents feel the same way. However, once Middleton married Prince William in 2011, her passions didn’t just take a backseat to future children, but also to her royal duties. Kate was an avid amateur photographer during her young adult years. She found a few ways to incorporate her love into her royal life, including taking the official portraits of her children.
“The Duchess’s enthusiasm for photography saw her taking photographs as part of her role during her time working with Party Pieces,” the British Monarchy’s website states. It lists her other hobbies as “hill walking, tennis, sailing, and swimming.”
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10. She’s under constant scrutiny
Everything Kate does is being carefully watched and judged by millions of people all over the world. She wasn’t always royalty so there were many aspects of her new life that she needed to carefully learn and adjust to. Thankfully Kate is known for being down-to-earth.
John Haley, the owner of a pub near Bucklebury, where Middleton grew up, has known Kate and her family for years. “To the people in this village they’re just a normal couple who come in here and are liked and loved by loads of people,” he told CNN. The royal couple’s normalcy has made them a lovable, inspirational team. Multiple friends of Middleton’s call her, among other compliments, simply “normal.”
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11. Her entire family was dragged into the public eye
Kate’s rise to royalty put a spotlight on her sister, Pippa Middleton, as well. On The Today Show, Pippa told host Matt Lauer, “We’re very close. … We spend a lot of time together. We still do a lot together as a family. And I think that’s really the heart for all of us is having a really close family that we can sort of be normal with each other, treat each other normally. And that’s sort of kept us all, you know, affixed to the ground.”
Kate and Pippa lived in Chelsea during Kate and William’s short-lived 2007 split. According to a biography about Kate, the sisters were very close. “The two girls would have spray tans and blow-dries together, and decide which social events to attend,” read an excerpt of the biography in Parade.
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12. She had to learn a lot very quickly
Marrying a prince meant that Kate had to learn everything that comes with being a royal. Apparently, the Duchess is a fast learner, which probably helped with all of her duchess lessons. School friend Jules Knight remembers Middleton as an extremely dedicated student, according to CNN. “She studied Art History and she was a clever girl. … She was a hard worker and committed and she obviously really applied herself to the academic side of university.”
Malcolm Sotherland, an expedition leader on Middleton’s 10-week trip to Chile during her gap year, had similar praise. “She wasn’t lazy, she was a hard worker and got on well with everyone no matter where they were from,” he told CNN. Sotherland also said Middleton was a very mature girl for her age. “She knew what she was about, she knew how to look after herself.”
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13. Even her extra-curriculars are limited
Both Kate and Pippa played on the field hockey team at their boarding school. Kate also ran cross country, swam, and played tennis while in school.
Kate is still athletic, reportedly swimming, running, and doing yoga in her free time. Middleton has been photographed training with the Sisterhood Cross Channel rowing team and rowed until it became a concern due to paparazzi. She and Prince William frequent the ski slopes, as well.
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14. As a kid, she hung a picture of Prince William on her wall
According to Middleton’s childhood friend Jessica Hay, her marriage to Prince William was a long time coming. Vogue reports in the book William & Catherine: Their Story, Hay described Middleton’s crush on the prince. “We would sit around talking about all the boys at school we fancied, but Catherine would always say: ‘I don’t like any of them,’ and then joke, ‘There’s no one quite like Prince William.'”
According to Vogue, Kate hung a picture of William on her bedroom wall growing up. But unlike the other plethora of girls to do so, Middleton won the heart of the prince in the end.
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