Now that ”ËThe Wedding of the Century’ is over, our new Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton reportedly plans to spend up to two years playing the dutiful house-wife to William instead of becoming a full-time working royal.
According to the Daily Mail, a ”Ëfriend’ said: “Catherine wants to enjoy her time with William as an RAF wife. It’s so rare that someone in her position gets the chance to live as a normal wife and she intends to make the most of it.”Â
I respect that the royals don’t want to ”ËDo a Diana’ and throw her in at the deep end. It makes sense to let her slowly adjust. But for the love of Corgis, just how hard can it be to snip a few ribbons, smile inanely for the paps and feign polite interest in new baby units?
And surely after the British tax-payer stumped up a small fortune to pay for her nuptials, is it too much to ask that Kate repays them in the only way she can ”â by putting her stint in at the coalface?
At the age of 85, Queen Liz clocked up 444 engagements last year. Surely 29-year-old Kate should be committing herself to something a little more taxing than watching William play polo and attending the Trouping the Colour and the Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday (reportedly the only official post-honeymoon plans in her diary other than the couple’s two-week tour round Canada)?
If Kate truly wants to be a ”Ënormal wife’, in my experience that involves doing a pressured full-time job five days a week, cooking tea every night and squeezing the house work in on a weekend. It means waking up more tired than I was when I went to bed but with the determination to make every spare moment count with my husband, family and friends.
It certainly doesn’t involve making sand pies on Anglesey beach or daily Jeremy Kyle Show marathons (surely Kate’s only other options?) There’s only so long one can stand in the garden anxiously scanning the skies for sight of one’s husband’s chopper. And while Wills is out rescuing outdoorsey-types off mountain tops, surely she can contribute something more to the marriage than home-made dinners?
I get that she is a Queen-in-waiting. But nobody is expecting her to chip her manicure working on the Aldi check-out. This bright university student with the world at her feet has every opportunity to make a real difference; to use her new-found royal status to champion charitable causes and to be a spokesperson for people who do not have a voice.
Instead, after waiting eight years for William to propose, ”ËWaity Katie’ is now cementing her work-shy reputation by once again putting her duties on hold to enjoy a 1950s idealised view of marriage; venturing into public life only to stand in her husband’s shadow.
At the moment, it’s all about THAT Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress. But as Sarah ”â the new queen of bridal-wear – will tell you, you have to earn your stripes through tireless and often thankless work. If Kate wants to truly be considered Queen material, she needs to start paying her dues sooner rather than later.