Duchess of Cambridge Kate is the perfect Windsor wife.. but she’s barely half the woman she was
May 10 2012 By Joan Burnie
THE Duchess of Cambridge, in the year since her marriage, has turned herself into an almost perfect Windsor Wife.
The Palace must be relieved that the newest recruit to the family firm has taken to the job as a duck or, to be more accurate, an elegant swan to water.
No gaffes, no scandals.
Always immaculate, ever smiling. Never putting a well-shod foot wrong. Good with children. A hit with the public. Obviously adored by her husband.
But, and it’s becoming a very big but, it can no longer be denied that the former Miss Catherine Middleton is only half the woman she once was.
Back in the days when she strolled around St Andrews – before she caught a future King’s eye – she was a normal, if pretty student. Womanly, neither too fat nor too thin, in her denims, tweeds and boots.
The latest photos of her show a woman who isn’t just skinny but worryingly thin.
There is not an ounce of flesh on her. Sideways on, there is nothing of her at all.
In truth, Kate looks almost as emaciated as some of those clothes horses who strut their stuff on the catwalks and who even Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman has decided will no longer grace the pages of the glossiest of glossies.
Shulman believes they are bad role models for impressionable young and not so young women.
So is that what’s gone wrong with Kate? Has she bought the dangerous myth from the fashion police that a woman can never be too thin.
Or was it the stress of her wedding? Most brides, either deliberately or because of the strain, lose weight. It happens. But for other brides, once the photos have been taken and the wedding dress is back in the wardrobe, they can relax for the first time in months.
For a royal bride, however, there can be no such respite.
Kate continues to be on show, with the entire world watching and waiting to criticise as well as praise.
And she knows she always has to look good.
She can’t have a bad hair day.
She knows what she wears will be picked over on the blogs and in the mags.
There is also the ghost, two steps behind, who must haunt her – the mother-in-law whom she never met, Diana.
It is of course her spectre and her admitted eating disorder which perhaps makes the media hesitate to mention the duchess’s weight.
No one wants to be accused of hounding Kate to destruction in the way Earl Spencer accused the press of hunting down Diana when he spoke at her funeral.
Whether that was entirely true is debatable.
But there are similarities in the way the two of them went from women with curves to X-rays.
We know with hindsight that the late princess was a deeply damaged woman, who married too young and to a man she not only hardly knew but whom, she believed, never loved her enough. The same is not true for the duchess.
Her marriage, by all accounts, is extremely happy. There are only the two of them in it.
Maybe it’s time, then, for her prince to take his duchess gently to one side and tell her that she will not be less loved by either him or her public if she lets go and eats the occasional pizza or plate of chips.