Diana would be "very proud" of Princess Kate, former royal butler says

She's great at being a royal

Catherine, Princess of Wales chats with students on the Childhood Studies BA at the University of Leeds on January 31, 2023 in Leeds, England. The Princess of Wales is undertaking engagements in London and Leeds this week as part of the launch of the Shaping Us campaign to raise awareness of the unique importance of early childhood.
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Even before Kate Middleton became Princess of Wales, she was constantly being compared to her predecessor Diana.

Now, the similarities are even more striking as Kate steps into the role her late mother-in-law once performed with so much grace.

For former royal butler Paul Burrell, who worked with Princess Diana in her time, Kate would do his former boss proud.

"I think Kate is incredible, I think she’s never put a foot wrong and she knows how to play this game, it’s a long game, not a short game," Paul tells Marie Claire on behalf of Slingo.

"I think Diana would be very proud of her. Those two [William and Kate] are the golden couple and they are going to one day be our king and queen, and what really makes me smile is the fact that Diana’s ring is on the finger of a Princess of Wales where it used to be and one day will be on the finger of the Queen, where it should’ve been."

Despite Paul's claims that Diana would be very happy about the wife her eldest son chose, he believes she would have been upset over William and Harry's recent falling out.

"His mother's vision was that the two of them would be inseparable, they would grow together and be two princes, one would be king one day but the prince supporting the king," Paul continued. "That’s what she felt and thought. That was Harry’s path, he never had a roadmap like William had because William always knew where he was headed. Harry followed his trail."

Sadly, although publicly the two brothers always seemed close growing up, and then again as young adults, in his memoir Spare Harry painted a different picture. He claimed that he and William were always rivals to an extent, and went as far as to call him his archnemesis. As far as we know, the two haven't spoken since the book was released on 10 January.

Iris Goldsztajn
Iris Goldsztajn is a celebrity and royal news writer for Marie Claire. As a London-based freelance journalist, she writes about wellness, relationships, pop culture, beauty and more for the likes of InStyle, Women's Health, Bustle, Stylist and Red. Aside from her quasi-personal investment in celebs' comings and goings, Iris is especially interested in debunking diet culture and destigmatising mental health struggles. Previously, she was the associate editor for Her Campus, where she oversaw the style and beauty news sections, as well as producing gift guides, personal essays and celebrity interviews. There, she worked remotely from Los Angeles, after returning from a three-month stint as an editorial intern for Cosmopolitan.com in New York. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at goop and C California Style and served as Her Campus' national style and LGBTQ+ editor. Iris was born and raised in France by a French father and an English mother. Her Spotify Wrapped is riddled with country music and One Direction, and she can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.