How to follow Diana Kate, new Princess of Wales

“Diana will always be remembered, but I’m sure she will take the torch.” For Keith Lowing, there is no doubt that Kate, the first Princess of Wales to be named since Lady Di, her beloved mother-in-law, who died 25 years ago will do justice.

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On this dreary morning, Keith and his wife Kathleen rest on a bench in the gardens of Kensington Palace, the former residence where Diana and now King Charles III lived… and where their two sons, William and Harry, grew up.

The accession of Charles III. after the death of Elizabeth II on Thursday and his 70-year reign was accompanied by another rise: William, now heir to the throne, became Prince of Wales and his wife Kate, who was admired by the British, was admired by the tabloid press, Princess of Wales, the first since the death of Diana in 1997.

The latter was worshiped. Audiences recall the revelations in an explosive BBC interview in 1995 about Charles’ infidelity with current Queen Consort Camilla, his own adventures and his doubts about the current monarch’s ability to rule.

His tragic death in a car crash in Paris made him an icon, while Elizabeth II’s initial reluctance to cut short her holiday at Balmoral dealt a blow to the monarchy.

Not far from the memorial erected in honor of Diana in 2021, Rebecca Brunswig, a 74-year-old American, remembers her “many humanitarian visits”, her commitment to “AIDS patients” and “her incredible compassion for the most unfortunate”.


How to follow Diana  Kate, new Princess of Wales

The title of Princess of Wales is bestowed on the wife of the heir to the British Crown and consists primarily of devotion to social causes.

“His Own Way”

Kate, 40 and commoner before she knew William, is she living up to her late mother-in-law?

She is “enjoying the story that comes with playing the Princess of Wales” but will “pursue her own path,” a Buckingham Palace source said on Friday.

“She is an amazing princess and I can’t wait to see her in action as queen. I think she’s very elegant and beautiful and she represented the monarchy very well from the beginning,” says Selma White, a 40-year-old lawyer. “I love Diana, but I also love Kate.”

Since Kate Middleton’s arrival in the royal family at the time of her marriage to William in 2011, her lack of good manners has been criticized. But very quickly she became a model of decency, showing her sovereignty and ability to spread the image of a perfect family.

Kate became involved with a foundation from an early age, hoping to make a name for herself in Crown social causes.

His popularity was already in place when his sister-in-law, former American actress Meghan Markle, accused her of making him cry. Those revelations during a explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021 had put distance between Diana’s two sons.

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Observers believe that Kate, the most popular member of the royal family with 68% approval just after Queen Elizabeth II (75%) according to a YouGov poll released earlier this spring, could be a “lifeline” for the royal family’s popularity with Charles and Camilla, less popular, at the top.

“The attention is on William and Kate,” says Ed Owens, royal family historian, on Channel 4 chain, saying that Charles needs his son in a monarchy without Elizabeth II.

Robert Hazell, a constitutional expert at University College London, told AFP that Kate could privately become her husband’s advisor and publicly help maintain the crown’s popularity “among younger people” who are more critical of the institution than their elders.

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