Kate Middleton successfully navigated royal life while Meghan Markle struggled for this reason, author says

For Katie Nicholl, it's easy to see why Kate Middleton, the new Princess of Wales, successfully navigated royal life while Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, struggled.
Vanity Fair's royal correspondent has written a new book entitled The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth's Legacy and the Future of the Crown, which examines the lives of those who now rule the House of Windsor. In it, she describes how Kate managed to thrive as a member of the British royal family while Markle eventually stepped down with her husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.
"Marrying into the royal family might seem easy, it can seem like a wonderful life of... round-the-clock employees," Nicholl told Fox News Digital. "The reality is, it's really tough. ... We can look back to [Diana], the Princess of Wales, [and] the struggles she had, the isolation she felt at a very early stage of her marriage to the Prince of Wales."
The New Royals writer Katie Nicholl said it's easy to see why Kate Middleton, now Princess of Wales, left, successfully navigated royal life while Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, right, struggled.
"And Sarah Ferguson — you know, I don't think she's ever fallen in love with Prince Andrew, but she's never seen him," she said. “He was busy with his royal career. She was left at home for a long time, and eventually the marriage collapsed. If you look at the success stories, look at Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, who had a very long marriage to Prince Edward."
Kate, wife of the new heir to the throne Prince William, both 40, is the eldest of three children. She was reportedly once derided by some in royal circles for her middle-class upbringing. Her father, Michael, worked as a pilot while her mother, Carole, was a flight attendant before they started a party supplies mail order business.
"I had a very happy childhood," she once said. "It was great fun - I'm very lucky to come from a very strong family - my parents were very supportive of us."
Prince William and Kate Middleton were friends at the University of St Andrews before a romance blossomed. Pool/Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images
From an affluent area of ​​Berkshire, west of London, the Middletons moved to Jordan for their father's work when the princess-to-be was two years old. They returned to England in 1986. Kate attended the exclusive Marlborough College where she was involved in sports including hockey, tennis and netball.
In 2001, Kate began studying art history at the University of St. Andrews, where she met William. The two were friends for over a year. While a romance blossomed, the couple split in 2007. William later admitted their relationship faltered for several months, saying they were both young and trying to find their way.
It wasn't long before British tabloids began targeting Kate. She went by the nickname "Waity Katie", suggesting that she was waiting for William to propose to her. The couple reportedly got back together in 2008. William proposed to Kate while on vacation in Kenya in 2010. It is believed that the palace only officially announced the engagement a few weeks later. They tied the knot in 2011 and are now parents of three children.
In 2010, Clarence House announced the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton. A year later, they tied the knot. Chris Jackson/Getty Images
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's whirlwind romance moved at lightning speed compared to the Prince and Princess of Wales. The former American actress, 41, met the British prince in 2016 after going on a blind date. In 2017, Kensington Palace confirmed the couple's engagement. They married in 2018. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's retirement from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as media intrusion and the racist attitude towards the former 'Suits' star. The family now lives in California with their two children.
"I think you're looking to the new Princess of Wales because she married as a commoner and is the first commoner to marry a future king in hundreds of years," explained Nicholl. "And she's had remarkable success with that role. I think the 10 year courtship she and William had was really pivotal to her success as king. William said so at the time of their engagement, and it was a long time ago. It gave Kate the time to ... really understand what royal life would be like and actually [decide] if that was what she wanted. So I think 10 years of advertising was absolutely fundamental.
"It also allowed them to have a really solid foundation as a couple," Nicholl continued. "And of course it gave her time to figure out what she would do if she became a queen. And I think it's to Kate's great credit as she steps into those very big footsteps to fill them as Princess of Wales that her greatest achievement has been in finding her own role within the royal family to carve out an identity of her own create. And actually it is not easy. It's not easy standing in Diana's shadow, but I think she pulled it off."
Kate, now the Princess of Wales, and her son, Prince Louis, attend the Platinum Pageant at The Mall on June 5, 2022 in London. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
According to the Royal Family's website, Kate dedicates her time to various causes, including early childhood support, children's mental health and the benefits of participating in sport. As a photographer, she is a patron of several arts organizations and is known for having shared many of her photos with the public over the years.
Today, Kate is considered a "reliable king" who supports the monarchy without scandal.
During 11 years under the royal microscope, the princess has largely avoided criticism, adopting the royal maxim of "never complain, never explain".
This became clear last year when the Duchess of Sussex claimed in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that Kate made her cry during a disagreement over flower girl dresses ahead of the Sussexes' wedding. The princess and the palace answered in silence.
Nicholl, who has been following Kate for years, previously described the royal as brave and confident - a person who knows their strengths.
"I think the monarchy is in safe hands," Nicholl said.
Kate Middleton, right, shows husband Prince William and Queen Elizabeth II the Back to Nature Garden during their visit to the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 20, 2019.
King Charles III made Kate and William the new Prince and Princess of Wales a day after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8th. She was 96.
Catherine, Princess of Wales
Wife of William, Prince of Wales
William, Prince of Wales
Elder son and heir to Charles III of the United Kingdom
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
American actress
Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born 1960)

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