USA Today has a report about how everyone in Britain is obsessed with Prince William’s girlfriend Kate and how there are whispers about a possible engagement and how she’s the next gen Princess Diana. I’ll believe it when I see it.
Could a replacement for Princess Diana be in the works?
Prince William of Wales and his commoner girlfriend, Kate Middleton, might –might — be inching closer to engagement, so suddenly she’s news beyond the United Kingdom. She could be the next queen, assuming William’s stepmother, Camilla, remains a mere duchess once his father, Prince Charles, ascends the throne.
More comparisons, after the jump.
Buckingham Palace denies that a William-Kate engagement is imminent, but paparazzi attention has grown so keen in recent weeks that a team of bodyguards is guarding Middleton at her home and escorting her to work and clubbing in London. Last month, in her most prominent public appearance since they met five years ago, Middleton and her family were invited to the ceremony for William’s completion of officer training at Sandhurst, the Royal Military Academy.
But both say Middleton and Diana are different in significant ways. “Diana was much younger, less experienced, less worldly wise,” Herd says. “Kate has been given training” on how to deal with press scrutiny.
Kelley doubts Middleton will capture the public imagination the way Diana did almost immediately. It’s true that she’s “very stylish, pretty, smart, much more educated than Diana and of a savvier generation,” says Kelley. But unlike Diana, she doesn’t combine the qualities of vulnerability and flirtatiousness. “She sees the press, especially the paparazzi, in a much more adversarial way.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m more of a Prince Harry man myself. I just block out the whole unfortunate dressing as a Nazi for Halloween incident. Hot readheads can do that.