One photo of them on a snowmobile, with the eternal girlfriend clinging on for dear life to the future king, was particularly symbolic. It is seven years since William and Kate — who are both 28 this year — became an item while studying at the same university. That is considerably longer than the happily married years of his parents, Charles and Diana. In all that time, including three months in when William initiated what amounted to a trial separation, there has been no other man in her life and, possibly, no other woman in his.
But as one exasperated family friend observes: The result is that Kate Middleton has become the focus of constant public gossip. On the other, it is more than two years since wags coined an unfortunate nickname for her that has all but passed into the English language: Some courtiers privately believe that if William does intend to marry Kate, it is foolish — and ungallant — for him to keep her in this twilight state of suspended animation, wheeling her out for parties and holiday pictures.
Yet how different the mood would be if Kate Middleton actually broke out of the royal arm-lock and went out and did something instead of existing in this curious state of limbo. But even friends concede she has made little or no effort to demonstrate that she has the capacity or, indeed, the will to take on the testing and highly exposed royal lifestyle that would be her lot as the wife of Prince William. One troubled former courtier says: The poor girl seems to do little except wait for the phone to ring with William on the line.
High Street retailers Woolworths jumped the gun with these planned commemorative gifts in November Such comments, once rare in the social milieu around the Prince, are becoming increasingly common. Most often, people ask why, with William away in the RAF, Kate has failed to get herself a proper job. I know there are those around William who were rather dismayed when he went back to her after their split. The fact he likes and feels comfortable with Kate is obvious to those who have seen her in his company.
Charles was around the same age as William when his beloved great uncle and counsel, Earl Mountbatten, advised him: An adviser to the royal household explains: Presented as an interview, Kate told visitors to the Party Pieces website how, as a little girl, she used to love dressing up as a clown in giant dungarees and playing musical statues.
For children, she recommended a cooking party for girls involving cupcakes and cookies; and for boys, a camping party. When William is away, Kate still lives at home, sleeping in the bedroom she has used since she was Kate, meanwhile, works out for at least an hour a day.
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