Kate Middleton is learning from history and is smart enough to channel Princess Diana in her Christmas battle with Queen Elizabeth. The Duchess of Cambridge fights her isolation, refusing to become just another royal tool to be used for the monarchy’s gain.
Kate’s middle-class background is the source of a lot of tension with the Queen. The Duchess’ commoner ways are also saving her sanity and position with the royal family. Kate Middleton depends on her mother, Carole Middleton, and her unwavering support and influence to help her secure her position and power within the ranks of the royals. Carole is a relentless social-climber who wasn’t shy in asking Prince William when he planned on marrying Kate, fearlessly told the Queen she is concerned with Kate’s happiness first, and breaks royal protocol constantly.
Carole Middleton, much like the rest of the world, knows what the royal family did to Princess Diana. The late Lady Spencer was isolated and broken down to be used as a pretty face for the royal family. Before Prince William caved to Kate Middleton and Carole Middleton’s influence, it was unheard of for non-royal in-laws to be a part of the royal Christmas, let alone be invited to participate in the celebrations.
Now, Kate Middleton, with the help of Carole, has managed to reform the royal Christmas – much to the displeasure of Queen Elizabeth. The Duchess refuses to spend the entire holiday in Sandringham House with the Queen and the stuffy royals. Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join the Queen for and the royals for all the Christmas Eve traditions, including opening presents which are gag gifts and odd joke presents. On Christmas Day, Prince William and Kate attend church services and participate in the traditional walk to St. Mary Magdalene on Christmas morning. After putting their time in at church, the royal couple break royal traditions and host a leisurely lunch at Anmer Hall.
The Queen is livid, but with Prince William insistence, Queen Elizabeth allows the Duke and Duchess to have their Middleton family style Christmas while skipping the usual royal routine. Kate and William’s Christmas party is far more relaxed and kid-friendly. Typically, children are not a large part of the royal holidays. In fact, until the age of 11, children are not welcome at the Christmas Day lunch the Queen hosts after church. Instead, the kids dine in a separate area. The royal children are usually left under the supervision and care of nannies.
Kate and Carole have been smart enough to channel Princess Diana and learn from the way the royals used her. Kate Middleton has refused to be isolated and the Middleton family has had many doors opened to them when typical royal tradition would have closed them, shutting out the non-royals as if they didn’t exist. It has often been stated that Princess Diana was never allowed to spend Christmas with her Spencer family, and they were never welcomed to support her.
The Duchess of Cambridge isn’t backing down. Queen Elizabeth is still disgusted with William and Kate’s middle-class commoner Christmas, but has relented under Prince William’s insistence. Without Carole Middleton’s influence and Prince William’s power with the Queen, Kate would likely be another Princess Diana.
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