Is Kate Middleton the Perfect Modern Princess?

by Susan

Waving to the crowds

The Duchess of CambridgeJanice and I both adored Princess Diana and fondly remember watching the beautiful Princess wed her Prince.

We were seven years old and knew nothing of the complexities of such a union.

Diana was nineteen and sadly almost as naive and uninformed as we.

Yesterday, we witnessed Diana’s son wed an equally beautiful woman, but one who profoundly understands and welcomes her new position.

Kate is not being “thrown to the wolves”. She is an example of a modern woman, educated and empowered while graceful under enormous pressure.

Diana’s naivety was not her fault or a lack of intelligence. She was young, sheltered and used to play a role in an outdated game. I am relieved that collectively we have moved forward and that Kate represents women today.

What do you think… Is Kate Middleton the perfect modern Princess?


Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of the Mom Blog 5 Minutes for Mom.
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1 Melissa April 30, 2011 at 6:02 am

I think that she is. I don’t remember too much about Princess Diana’s MARRIAGE – I was only maybe 3 or 4 at the time that she got married. But I do remember the bitter divorce, the scandal and her tragic death. And while Kate is just as graceful as Diana is, I think that she’s not as nieve, like you said. i think that she knew what she was getting into when she got into this union and that’s huge…I also think that she has demonstrated that she has her own terms – she broke up with William when she didn’t think he was ready for commitment and that’s huge…


2 Susan May 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I too was young when she married. I was only 7 and so her later years were also more of what I remember. I think it is so fantastic that Kate and Will are entering this marriage in such a different way. I hope they are wildly happy for many years.


3 Mel April 30, 2011 at 10:38 am

I too don’t remember a lot about Diana’s marriage, but I do remember all of the tragedy surrounding the last part of her life. Kate seems to be her own woman….she is modern, has her own thoughts/opinions, can take care of herself, yet is so full of grace and beauty, even a maturity that reaches far beyond what we saw in Princess Diana at 19 years of age. Kate is 29, which gives her 10 more years of growth and maturity. I wouldn’t say that anyone is perfect….but I’d say she’s as close to the perfect modern princess as we could possibly get. I admire her strength and her gracefulness (both coupled together) that really just emanate complete and utter beauty in its truest form.
The wedding yesterday was so overwhelmingly beautiful, in part because of the love that they share together….another reason she could be the perfect modern princess.


4 Susan May 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I love what you say here… “I admire her strength and her gracefulness (both coupled together) that really just emanate complete and utter beauty in its truest form.”


5 grace April 30, 2011 at 10:58 am

i think she can be if she doesn’t allow her popularity get the best of her. but, that’s just me. we’ll see what happens! we miss princess diana, don’t we all? :)
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6 Susan May 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Yes, I really wish Princess Diana could see how wonderfully her boys turned out and I’m sure she would adore Kate.


7 Amber Strocel April 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I am very hopeful for Kate and William – they seem to genuinely like each other. I hope that’s enough to see them through! :)


8 Susan May 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Yes, I hope so too.


9 Gretchen April 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Kate is much more a modern woman than Diana was when she got married. As you said, she was far too young to realize what she was getting into. Her life was so sad, until the final couple years when she finally came into her own and threw off the monarchy and LIVED. How awful the way she died. There will always be questions on that, too.

Kate’s marriage is what we hope all our daughters get. She married William as an equal. She was old enough to know who she was and will not allow herself to be pushed into a box. She will have to produce the heir and a spare, but I’m sure she’ll be a wonderful mother.

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10 Susan May 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Yes, Diana’s life had such sadness but at least she found some happiness at the end. If only she didn’t have such an early and tragic end.

I love that Kate married Will as an equal. You’re right it’s what we all hope for our daughters.


11 Pamela April 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

At first the whole thing was driving me crazy but as I watched the wedding clips yesterday I was really intrigued & realized she is really living the dreams of all little girls (or most of them). How beautiful she looked. I couldn’t imagine my wedding being put out there for everyone to see & critique. Honestly, it was stressful enough. I’m sure though that she had her assistants, etc helping out but still!!

I am happily married now for 18years & wouldn’t have changed a thing about our wedding day. I hope Kate feels the same way. I hope that she remembers all the little things & special things of the day. Especially the way her Prince looked at her when he first saw her.


12 Susan May 1, 2011 at 5:06 pm

How wonderful that you’ve been happily married for 18 years! Wow, congratulations. I hope Kate is as happy as you are 18 years from now.


13 Tarasview April 30, 2011 at 5:04 pm

oh I definitely think Kate is the perfect modern princess! I love that she is educated and a bit older. My fairytale-loving heart thinks this marriage will last :)


14 Susan May 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Don’t we all love the dream of true love happily ever after? I hope they have it.


15 Emiliana Martin April 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Oh Em Gee! She is totally the perfect modern-day princess. She’s hardly Princess Diana who, quite frankly, did well enough to swim with the sharks. No. Kate is the bomb. She is beautiful, smart knows what she’s getting into.

Princess Diana is having the last laugh. She forever has changed the face of their monarchy. I can’t wait to see how she unfolds!


16 Susan May 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm

You’re right that Princess Diana truly changed the monarchy for the better! And yes, Kate is the bomb.


17 Candice Trinidad May 9, 2011 at 11:18 am

I agree that Kate is not like Diana. For one thing, she may not be royal, but she was raised wealthy and is somewhat used to the socialite lifestyle required of her as a princess. She is very poised and more outspoken than Diana was. She also has the approval of the royal family unlike Diana. Kate and Diana have something in common though, they both have the hearts of the British people and the heart of the prince. I pray blessings on their marriage…may they make wise choices and grow in love toward each other and God.


18 Holly May 2, 2011 at 8:54 am

Yes, Kate Middleton is now the perfect modern princess and she and her husband were so smart to enjoy a long courtship. She now seems to be perfectly prepared for her new role as a (very) public figure.


19 Laura May 2, 2011 at 10:42 am

I totally think she is. I love her style and think she is classy. Her and Will seem like a “real” couple and I think that’s why we all fell in love with them.


20 Bluestocking May 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Kate has definitely been prepared better than Diana. I think the fact that they dated for a really long time was really good.

Additionally, Wills seems to have taken a lot more thought for making sure she doesn’t feel the isolation that his mother did. My understanding is that he has made some changes in terms of how they will spend Christmas day.

I wish them well.


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