Princess Diana memories reportedly left Prince William 'determined' to protect Kate Middleton

Royal author claims she received palace guidance

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit to Cardiff Castle on December 08, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales
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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. 
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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, 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."

Prince William And Kate Middleton, During A Photocall In The State Apartments Of St James'S Palace, London To Mark Their Engagement

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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, 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.

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 Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!