Kate Middleton goes by many names. She’s often referred to as the Duchess of Cambridge. Her official title is Catherine Elizabeth, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge. It turns out that Kate Middleton goes by a completely different name at home. She doesn’t want to be referred to as “Kate” or “Princess Kate.” She prefers it if the royal family refers to her by her longer name.
Kate Middleton was born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton. She was known as Catherine growing up, reports Yahoo News. Both her childhood friends and her family referred to her by this name. When she attended the University of St. Andrews, some of her friends starred calling her “Kate.” Then it caught on with the media shortly after she started dating Prince William. It probably didn’t help that some of her friends were speaking to the media at the time and referring to her as “Kate.”
When Kate Middleton married Princess William in 2011, she officially became Catherine Elizabeth, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, as seen on Prince George’s birth certificate.
Prince William, as well as the rest of her royal family, still call her Catherine. People were confused when Prince Harry called Kate Middleton “Cath” in a recent video. It turns out that she’s totally cool with this nickname. She likes it more than being called “Kate.” Journalist Scott Mills asked Kate Middleton in an interview on BBC’s Radio 1 if she likes being called “Kate.” She said that she will answer to mostly anything.
It doesn’t look like the public will stop calling her “Kate” anytime soon. She will have to thank her college friends for that nickname. Meanwhile, Prince William and her royal family will continue to call her “Catherine” behind closed doors. But, she will continue to respond to the nickname “Kate.” It’s unclear why so many people still refer to her as Kate Middleton instead of Catherine Middleton.
It’s not like a majority of people personally know her or have tea with her. But, some people, including those who live in Britain, feel like they’re a big part of the royal family. They feel like they think they know Prince William and Kate Middleton. She has become somewhat approachable and likable.
Kate Middleton is making herself to be like the girl next door by admitting that she’s a farm girl at heart and that she loves gardening. She will never become the “People’s Princess” like Princess Di did, but she’s like a friend to most people. So, most will continue to call her “Kate.”
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