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Kate Middleton was reportedly given assistance from the palace when it came to handling the intense public scrutiny that accompanied her being in a relationship with Prince William.
- Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, supposedly received guidance on how to handle the media after she began dating Prince William.
- A royal author claims Prince William was "determined" that Kate Middleton would not be subjected to the same treatment as his mother, Princess Diana.
- In other Royal News, the Royal Family homes with secret rooms have been revealed.
It’s no secret that partners of Royal Family members soon find themselves flung into the public eye, with some such as the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister-in-law Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, receiving especially great public interest after their relationships became public. But perhaps the royal who experienced the most intense public scrutiny of all was the late Princess Diana.
So much so, that in her book, Kate: The Future Queen, royal author Katie Nicholl reportedly described how Prince William became concerned by the paparazzi’s growing interest in Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge.
As reported by Express.co.uk, Ms. Nicholl wrote of how: “He had seen firsthand how his mother had been harassed by the paparazzi and was determined that Kate not be subjected to the same treatment”.
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Ms. Nicholl claimed that a senior press officer told her: “We had been introduced to Kate early on, and we were instructed from the outset to give her every support possible.”
"She was obviously the subject of a lot of press interest and intrusion from the paparazzi."
"William said we had a duty of care to her and her family and so we advised her on how to deal with the cameras."
Ms. Nicholl wrote that the aide added: "We told her to smile at the photographers so that there would be a better picture.”
"She was given advice on how to manage the media, and we were there to support her if there was a crisis."
According to Express.co.uk, William also requested the Palace set up a direct line for Kate to Paddy Harverson, Prince Charles' press officer. This would help ensure that guidance was always there for her should she need it.
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Prince William was 15 years old when his mother, Princess Diana, tragically died in Paris. It seems likely that he was motivated by his memories of the scrutiny Princess Diana was previously under, to protect Kate Middleton from receiving a similar level of attention.
The Duke of Cambridge proposed to Kate whilst on a trip to Kenya in 2010 and the long-term couple married in a majestic ceremony at Westminster Abbey in April 2011. The couple are now proud parents to three young children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Royal fans are often delighted by the family pictures shared on the couple’s Kensington Royal official Instagram account.
However, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge generally remain quite private about their relationship and family life.
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.
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