The palace was worried Kate Middleton would go down the same route as Princess Diana

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  • Sure, being a royal has its advantages – the fashion, the princes, the tiaras, the castles – but it definitely also has its drawbacks, from the end of privacy and the dreaded rumour mill to being isolated from normal life.

    No one knows this more than Kate Middleton, becoming a national treasure and therefore a paparazzi favourite since joining the royal fold.

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    Kate is now one of the most beloved members of the royal family, but according to royal sources, there were once fears that she would go down the same route as Princess Diana.

    In fact, it is reported that the palace was determined not to have a repeat of Diana’s situation, where the bride who married into the family was cut off from her family and left isolated and lonely.

    ‘I think very much there is a feeling in the Palace that they want to learn from the mistakes of the past and didn’t want a royal bride who felt isolated and lonely and cut off from her family and miserable,’ royal commentator Katie Nicholl explained in the ITV documentary, Kate: The Making of a Modern Queen. ‘Because that has happened before and they didn’t want a repeat of Diana.’

    She continued: ‘So I definitely think courtiers were determined that Kate should marry into the family feeling as comfortable as possible. And I just don’t think William was going to take any chances ‒ I mean, he adores the Middletons. He has a very close relationship with Michael and with Carole, so he also did not want them to be sidelined as soon as Kate married into the family.’

    Well, that’s that.

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