Duchess Kate treated as second-class royal by the Queen

Duchess Kate treated as second-class royal by the Queen

London : United Kingdom | Jul 04, 2012 at 5:21 AM PDT
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              The family of UK royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton releases a selection of family photos, showing the fiancee of Prince William as a young girl and as a university student on the day of her graduation. (March 7)

Queen Elizabeth of England has passed some new orders to remind her grandson’s wife that despite being popular, she is far from being royal. The new protocol requires the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, to bow before Prince William’s cousins because they share the royal blood, whereas Kate is only a commoner, leaving her deeply humiliated.

While the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration might have seen Kate Middleton as a fully embraced member of the royal family, the Queen is doing her best to make Kate feel less important than the people she is surrounded with. Last week, as part of an official revision of the Royal Household Order of Precedence, Kate, 30, is now required to curtsy William’s royal cousins, Princess Beatrice, 23, and Princess Eugenie, 22, daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. The new order is nothing less than a slap on Middleton’s face, according to the latest issue of Life & Style magazine.

The story does sound familiar. Didn’t the same thing happened to Princess of Wales Diana, who was loved so much by so many that she was often called the People’s Princess?

To make things even worse, Middleton has to follow these orders in private as well as in public, but she isn’t required to do so when she is in the company of her royal husband.

"It's a total humiliation for Kate," a source in Kate and William's social circle confirms to Life & Style. "It's like a demotion for her in the royal family, and the queen is the one who ordered this."

Like most people think, this is the Queen’s revenge for stealing the spotlight. Undoubtedly, Kate’s popularity has eclipsed the Queen since William and Kate tied the knot nearly 14 months ago. According to a report by Hollywood Life, after the Queen failed to attract more or even equal attention than William’s beautiful bride, she decided to exercise some royal retaliation to nip Kate’s confidence and stop her from getting carried away with all the fame.

Hollywood Life also claims that Kate and William were asked to delay trying for a baby by the Queen until her jubilee was over because she didn’t want the royal bump to be the center of attention during her big event.

Prince William is apparently not happy. He sure wouldn’t like to see his wife go through the same anguish that his mother did at the hands of the Queen.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge waves as Princes William and Harry look on, during the Diamond Jubilee in London
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge waves as Princes William and Harry look on, during the Diamond Jubilee in London
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