Expert claims William never seems "jealous" of the attention Kate receives, unlike Charles did with Diana

William and Kate seem like a great team

Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales (L) and Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London on May 9, 2023, as part of the Coronation celebrations. King Charles III thanked the British people for "the greatest possible coronation gift" on Monday as three days of celebrations for the historic event drew to a close with a massive volunteering drive
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Very sadly for everyone involved, then-Prince Charles and Princess Diana's marriage was not a happy one.

Both royals publicly admitted they were unfaithful to each other, and they ended up separating in 1992, then divorcing in 1996.

While there are many theories as to how and why exactly the marriage was unsuccessful, it has often been said (as well as heavily implied on Netflix' The Crown) that Charles was envious of how popular his wife was with the public around the world.

Even the late Diana herself addressed her husband's jealousy, telling Martin Bashir during *that* 1995 Panorama interview, "We'd be going round Australia, for instance, and all you could hear was, 'Oh, she's on the other side.'"

By this, Diana meant that people wanted to be on the side where she was during walkabouts, so that they could interact with her instead of Charles.

"Now, if you're a man like my husband, a proud man, you mind about that if you hear it every day for four weeks. And you feel low about it, instead of feeling happy and sharing it," she explained.

Thankfully, according to one royal expert, Prince William has been able to avoid repeating a similar pattern in his own marriage — and his wife Princess Kate has had an easier time than Diana integrating into the Royal Family, despite sharing a similar level of popularity to her mother-in-law.

"Catherine has demonstrated in recent months and even years that she is the real deal. I think her strength is drawn from the fact that she was given such a long apprenticeship," Jennie Bond told OK!.

"Those nine or 10 years when she was allowed to see a little bit of what life will be like in the royal court were completely invaluable."

Jennie added: "I suppose she seemed a little bit shy in the beginning. But I think if you compare that relationship to Charles and Diana, it strikes me that William deserves a great deal of credit because he has never appeared jealous of the attention that his wife gets.

"He has gently introduced her into what life would be like and has let her shine and constantly demonstrates that he's hugely proud of her."

How lovely!

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.