The monarchy's future "rests on Kate," says Diana's former butler

Paul Burrell isn't the only one to think that

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Princess Kate is one of the most popular members of the Royal Family these days.

She's often admired for the way she can connect with people from all walks of life, often joking around and finding common ground with those she meets on official visits. She's also known for her many talents, from photography to baking, for her flawless sense of style, and for her dedication to causes such as addiction or early childhood development.

All of these qualities make her a pretty perfect Princess of Wales, and the ideal candidate for future Queen consort.

For Princess Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell, it goes even further than that: Kate has a huge responsibility on her shoulders, precisely because of her popularity.

"Kate is in such an incredible position because it all rests on her really, the future rests on Kate and that’s an enormous responsibility because if she decided that she didn’t want to be a part of her marriage anymore then I think the Royal Family would collapse," Paul said on behalf of Slingo. "Everything is pinned up by Kate."

For Paul as for many other royal commentators, the parallels between Princess Kate and Princess Diana are plenty.

"Back in my day the future seemed to be pinned on Diana Spencer, our future queen," he said.

"Now we’re looking at another Princess of Wales who is in the same role that Diana had, married to a Prince of Wales and the future of the monarchy is down to her. It’s not an enviable position to be in."

Last year, journalist Patrick Jephson said about Kate: "It's no exaggeration that the Windsors' future lies in her hands."

Around the same time, royal commentator Antonio Caprarica said: "‘I said before the dynasty has been saved by the women. And the next saviour will be Kate."

No pressure, then!

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 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.