People Mag cover: ‘Princess Kate follows in Princess Diana’s footsteps’
So here it is … this week’s People Mag cover is not just about Kate, it’s about how Kate is The New lAAADY Diana. minus THE BLONDE HAIR.
From her fashionable style to her stunning engagement ring and, of course, the symbolic naming of her daughter (Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana), Princess Kate has evoked the memory of her late mother-in-law Princess Diana in many ways. Now, as she tackles serious issues, such as children’s mental health, and juggles the expectations of an adoring public with her desire to give Prince George, 2, and Charlotte, 11 months, as peaceful and private an upbringing as possible, Kate and husband Prince William are embracing Diana’s legacy in ways big and small.
“She would be incredibly proud,” one of her closest friends, Rosa Monckton, tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. (Diana was a godmother to Monckton’s daughter, Domenica.)
“To be able to give their children a stable life in the country is worth so much,” she adds. “They have a lifetime of flashbulbs ahead of them.”
For some, it comes as no surprise that Kate would be inspired by her mother-in-law, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. (At 36, she was just two years older than Kate is now.)
“What other role models does Kate have within the royal family?” says Diana’s former bodyguard Ken Wharfe, author of Closely Guarded Secret. “She hasn’t been given the book about how to be a princess.”
Usually, this would be the moment where Majesty Magazine’s Ingrid Seward would be called in to explain how Kate is so very modern-yet-traditional and she’s the second coming of Diana. Unfortunately, Seward just got finished throwing William and Kate under the bus in a column for the Mail on Sunday. It does feel like People Magazine is stretching to find a way to write a complimentary piece on Kate following a month of really terrible press for the Cambridges. I mean, they spoke to a woman who was friendly with Diana, and that’s the cover story? Meh.
People also has a piece about royal tailoring – go here to read. It’s so strange that they’re trying to compliment Kate’s tailored or bespoke pieces, because those are usually the pieces that look awful on her, like she gets the hem moved up too high, or she adds MOAR buttons, or whatever.