Prince William ‘more confidence’ because of Kate says Levin
Last month Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, both 39 stepped out on the red carpet for the premiere of the latest instalment in the James Bond franchise – No Time to Die. The red carpet occasion marked the first instance that the Cambridges were seen alongside William’s father, and heir to the throne Prince Charles, 72 and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 74 since June’s G7 summit in Cornwall.
Taking place on September 28, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a glittering gold Jenny Packham cape gown which prompted praise from royal watchers, and even from James Bond actor Daniel Craig.
While frequenting the event which took place at London’s Royal Albert Hall the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – who have been married for a decade – were witnessed holding hands, something not usually seen from royal couples and deemed a breach of protocol by traditionalists.
The affair to mark the latest in the 007 franchise and the fifth instalment of the series starring Daniel Craig as the protagonist, also saw the royals mingling with celebrities and a-list guests.
The royals interacted with Mr Craig’s co-stars Dame Judi Dench, Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Léa Seydoux and Lashana Lynch, a feat which also came under the microscope as the couple were also deemed to breaching protocol by “blending in with everyday household celebrities”.
Kate and William channel Diana’s ‘ease with ordinary people’ to ‘remain relevant’
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge speaking with James Bond star Daniel Craig
However Laura E Mayhall, associate professor of modern British history at The Catholic University of America has branded the actions of the royals, as channeling those of William’s late mother.
She told Express.co.uk: “The comment that William and Kate are deviating from royal protocol by hobnobbing with celebrities seems to suggest that royalty exists in a sphere outside of celebrity, which hasn’t been the case since the early 20th century.
“Certain members of the family have pushed that connection farther than others — Edward VIII, for example, was widely viewed as a celebrity, especially in the American press.
“Arguably, Princess Margaret also pushed that line, but the royal family exercised more control over how the media portrayed its members in the Fifties and Sixties than it would in later decades when the tabloid press became more aggressive in documenting the behaviour of royals.
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The Cambridges were joined by Prince Charles, and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall at the event
She claims that Diana, Princess of Wales brought popularity to the Royal Family
“Princess Diana was perhaps the epitome of the celebrity royal – think of her dancing with John Travolta at the White House, for example.”
She later added: “Kate and William are invoking Diana’s ease with ‘ordinary people’ (as if celebrities are ‘ordinary’), an ease which Charles and Camilla lack.”
She claims that Diana, Princess of Wales who died in 1997, brought popularity to the Royal Family, and describes her as a “force to be reckoned with” within her analysis.
The historian, who has been interviewed for a number of documentaries on the monarchy in Britain in the past, explained: “You could argue that the royal family was more popular with the public than it had been for decades during Diana’s marriage to Charles precisely because she fulfilled an emotional as well as royal role.
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The royal historian claims that Kate and William follow in Diana’s footsteps with their actions
“Even Queen Elizabeth II recognised that Diana was a force to be reckoned with when the public and the tabloids forced her to address the nation in the wake of Diana’s death.”
Laura E. Mayhall added that the Cambridges are evolving the image of the Royal Family, by channelling Diana’s actions, in a move she said “shouldn’t be surprising” and which allows the Royal Family to “remain relevant”.
She also branded the heir apparent and his wife Camilla as “awkward” when operating in the same celebrity circuit, compared to the younger members of the Firm.
Ms Mayhall said: “In her life, Diana juxtaposed those celebrity moments with encounters with ‘real’ people — the photos of her with AIDS patients, or victims of mines, for example, demonstrated that she could relate to people up and down the social scale all while being beautiful and glamorous.”
She then added: “It shouldn’t be surprising that Kate and William are following in Diana’s footsteps. To remain relevant, the royal family has to engage with the preoccupations of its public.
Diana, pictured with her sons Prince Harry and Prince William
“And William and Kate seem to be able to move seamlessly from one end of the social scale to the other, just like she did (unlike Charles and Camilla’s awkwardness in public).”
Ms Mayhall also argued that by showing affection Kate and William signalled their ability to lead.
She stated the action showed clear affection between the couple, something which she claims wasn’t evident when Donald and Melania Trump attempted the same – which gave off an impression of their relationship while leading the country.
She said: “Kate and William holding hands in public as a sign of affection marks a striking contrast with the multiple public occasions on which Donald Trump attempted to hold Melania’s hand, only to have it slapped away.
“That was widely viewed in the US as a sign of a dysfunctional marriage, again with implications for the state of the nation.”
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