The press writes wild stories about the royal family all the time. Traditionally, the palace will rarely issue comments – that is until Tatler published a cover story about Kate in May 2020. The article claimed to have spoken to many of her friends, who shared how the Duchess was upset about her workload after Prince Harry and Meghan’s exited the royal family.
In an uncharacteristic move, Kensington Palace released a strongly-worded statement criticizing the article for “false misrepresentations” and “inaccuracies.” Prince William and Kate sent legal notices to the Tatler, demanding the story be taken down.
When Kate Wore Diana's Earrings
In 2019, the Duchess of Cambridge caused a stir with her choice of earrings at baby Archie’s christening portrait. Kate wore the same earrings Dina wore to Prince Harry’s Christening in 1994 – a pair of beautiful Collingwood Pearl Earrings. Fans of the royal family thought it was in bad taste.
The earrings would have made sense if it were her children’s christening. If anyone should be wearing heirlooms from Diana, it was Meghan. Royal observers accused Kate of attempting to upstage Meghan. Kate has managed to make a reputation for herself as the one who came between Meghan and William, Meghan and the late Queen, Meghan and...you know where we are going.
She Took Off Her Engagement Ring
In 2020, royal fans spotted Kate without her trademark sapphire engagement ring in one of her photos at home. She was photographed wearing only her wedding band. Before the internet could lose its mind, news reports clarified that she had adhered to rigorous handwashing protocols during the previous two years.
Concern turned into relief when people realized the ring was off for no particular reason, and everything was sailing smoothly. People (and especially journalists) love the yellow coating on the day's news, and when it comes to Kate and William, they can never get enough.
They Face Backlash
In 2022, Kate and Prince William embarked on an overseas royal tour after remaining in the UK for the previous two years. The couple meant to tour the Caribbean to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, but the trip did not turn out as planned. Unlike previous royal tours, they faced severe backlash and criticism.
From Belize to Barbados, local communities organized protests - criticizing the monarchy’s colonial past and associations with the slave trade. As we embrace the modern days, not all are in favor of the monarch, and many see this as a waste of taxpayers' money that should be invested elsewhere.
In September 2022, Kate's title changed. She was no longer just the Duchess of Cambridge, and she became Princess of Wales, the future Queen of England. Diana, Princess of the People, was the last woman to carry that title.
Kate inherited the title after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and is now next in line to be queen. Her young spirit and her understanding of the new generation that has grown in the kingdom ensure that Kate will fulfill her duty with grace and dignity and help adapt to the changes the royal family is going through.