KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, has been urged to “stick to being herself” after many formed comparisons between the Duchess and other royal women. Kate, 40, has often been compared to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, who died tragically in a car crash in 1997. Earlier this week, a previously unseen portrait of the late Princess emerged, taken by esteemed photographer David Bailey in 1988, with many commenting on the striking similarities between Diana’s snap and the portraits released to mark Kate’s birthday earlier this year.
The never-seen-before Diana portrait shows her looking to the distance, just like Kate in one particularly ethereal portrait, and the stance – which comes across as both powerful and regal – is particularly fitting for two of the most famous royal women in recent history.
Both royal women also wore one-shouldered gowns in the snaps, and the portraits follow the same black-and-white theme.
Royal biographer Angela Levin tweeted about the similarities between the royal women and claimed the Duchess doesn’t need to emulate anyone else.
She wrote: “I think Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge should stick to being herself. She doesn’t need to try to be someone else including Diana. She’s great as she is.”
‘Ready for business!’ Kate Middleton’s new look signals ‘huge shift’ in royal role
Kate Middleton has changed up her style choices recently and there seems to be a very good reason why.
Royal protocol has some very strict dress codes which rarely allow for casual wear, but the Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted wearing trousers to a number of royal engagements. Normally seen in A-line skirts and dresses, royal expert Jennie Bond spoke to OK! Magazine about the reasons for her wardrobe update.
She said: “Kate is a practical princess and increasingly wears trousers to reflect that she’s ready for business, whether that be kneeling down with kids or sliding down a slide.
“She wants to appear approachable, one of the people, not an untouchable figure in the prim dress.”