Kate Middleton's greatest strength is NOT following in Diana's footsteps, says royal expert Kate Nicholl
LONDON,UK: Wednesday, September 7, will mark the 25th death anniversary of Princess Diana. Kate Middleton has often been compared to the late princess due to their similar sense of fashion. A royal commentator, however, stated that the Duchess of Cambridge stands out from the rest and is a successful member of the royal family never having tried to be like her mother-in-law Diana.
Kate Nicholl, the royal correspondent of the Vanity Fair told Express that Diana's legacy was unmatchable but Kate has made her own image as a royal. The journalist said, “I think one of the great strengths of Kate, and one of her real successes, is that she hasn't followed in Diana's footsteps.”
“I don't think she seeks to emulate Diana. I think she was so aware of the comparison right from the outset, but despite the weight of that engagement ring on her finger, and the significance that that holds and the comparisons it inevitably draws, she is actually a very different woman. Her success has been in carving her own identity in the royal family as the Duchess of Cambridge and making that role herself,” the journalist added.
The royal correspondent has admitted that the Duchess of Cambridge has made deliberate fashion choices that had 'echoes of Diana.' Kate wore dresses similar to Princess Diana after the births of Prince George and Prince Louis. Elaborating on this, Nicholl said, “I think a respectful nod, a respectful tribute. After the birth of George when she wore that blue and white dress, after Louis's birth she was in the red, that was very Diana, Diana had worn the same sort of red dress. Really, it's a respectful nod and an acknowledgement of the continuation of history."
Kate honoured Diana in 2013 following the birth of George by donning a polka-dot Jenny Packham dress that resembled the one she wore in 1982 when she left the hospital with Prince William. She picked a red dress with a white collar by the same designer that resembled the one Diana wore to introduce Harry to the world in 1984 for her first public appearance with Louis in 2018.