Those who know her say that Catherine Elizabeth Middleton is far too sensible not to be precisely aware of the gilded cage into which she is stepping by consenting to become a future Queen of England. But if she needs any reminding, she might just consider the simple question of what she and her husband will be called after their wedding next April.
That’s because it is traditional for the monarch to offer a dukedom to a prince of the royal blood on the eve of his wedding. But which?
William and Kate to be…. Duke and Duchess of Albany? of Cambridge? Clarence? Connaught? Windsor? Sussex? Anything is better than being called “Princess William…”
Is Kate Winning the War Against the Paparazzi?
Since Princess Diana died in a car crash in 1997, the public mood turned against the paparazzi. But what levels of intrusion will confront William and his newly-betrothed fiancee Kate Middleton as they step firmly into the public eye in the run-up to their wedding next April? Will the royal bride face media interest beyond her control? Industry insiders say some photographers will betempted to cash in — although fear of legal recriminations will keep most at bay.
“Kate has used the courts before to restrain intrusion and newspaper editors in Britain don’t use those intrusive pictures any more,” said photographer Arthur Edwards. While he expects Buckingham Palace to increase the number of photo calls as the couple heads unavoidably into public life, there will still be limited legitimate opportunities for candid shots.
Despite a huge worldwide demand for images of the couple, photo editors are also now wary of using intrusive images, which they say can end up costing more than they earn.“The value of unauthorized photographs of William and Kate has never been lower because the Middletons and everybody else are very aggressive legally,” said Sam Barcroft, head of international photo agency Barcroft Media.
BOOK ALERT: The First of many books about William & Kate is now on sale in the UK. From The Sun in collaboration with royal photographer Arthur Edwards, the book is entitled William & Kate: A Royal Love Story. It is due to be released in the US on December 17.
Amazon UK: William & Kate: A Royal Love Story
- Daily Mail: Did the Middletons make their money selling their customers’ information?
- The Telegraph: Kate Middleton first laid eyes on Wiliam at age 10 (picture as child included)
- The Telegraph: Tours to Kate Middleton Country next summer?
- The Telegraph: Andrew Lloyd Webber wants to compose song about “solid love” for Wills & Kate
- Daily Mail: Michelle Obama’s message to Wills & Kate: “Hopefully you’ll be as happy as Barack and I”
- Daily Mail: Don’t let the hypocritical Earl spoil the big day
- Video: Veteran Royal Photographer Arthur Edwards on Kate Middleton & the Royal Wedding
- Queen Issues Paparazzi Ban on Sandringham – and the Media Goes Nuts!
- Kate Middleton News Bits (April 24, 2010)
- William & Kate in Print
- William in Blackpool on a Stag Do… not his own!