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May 22, 2020 3:24 PM

We’d Never Have Seen Kate Middleton Look so ‘Normal’ Without Meghan Markle

We'd never have seen Kate Middleton look so "normal" if it hadn't been for Meghan Markle. But are Kate's efforts working?
  • Kate Middleton called into a Bingo game with her husband, Prince William.
  • Kate seems to want to prove she’s “normal.”
  • She’s taking a page out of Meghan Markle’s playbook, but is it working?

Meghan Markle had to walk before Kate Middleton could have the chance to run.

Whether you like it or not, the “rebel royal” has had a positive influence on the British royal family as a whole, and on her sister-in-law in particular.

So why are Middleton’s efforts at being “normal” like her sister-in-law falling flat?

Kate Middleton Plays Bingo

This week, she and her husband, Prince William, surprised nursing home residents by calling in for their Bingo game.

The future King and Queen Consort of England were, of course, trying to connect with their constituency in an authentic way. And for what it was worth, their elderly constituents were genuinely happy about it.

Who would have thought that this is what the “stiff upper lip” image of the monarchy would have come to?

Clearly, too, they borrowed more than a few pages from Meghan Markle’s book of authentic engagement. Like it or not, the former Suits actress — like Princess Diana before her — has a knack for connecting to the “everyday people.”

Perhaps Kate Middleton wanted to, as well.

Why Is This Being Met With Such Resistance?

Like it or not, Kate Middleton and Prince William are following in Meghan Markle’s footsteps with this new “down-to-earth” approach to public engagement. | Source: Aaron Chown / Pool via REUTERS. Image edited by

In a pre-Princess Diana world, the British royal family was seen as remote and out-of-touch with their constituents.

But in a post-Diana world, Meghan Markle — and by extension, Kate Middleton — should be striving to be “the People’s Duchesses.”

Kate Middleton and Prince William’s authentic engagement with their constituency looks familiar. | Source: Instagram

Yes, only Middleton will eventually become future Queen Consort. But her crown doesn’t make her superhuman.

And based on the brutal comments on her surprise Bingo appearance, it seems as though there’s still some resistance to this authentic engagement.

Kate Middleton’s attempt to connect with ordinary people is rubbing some critics the wrong way. | Source: Twitter

It’s as though Middleton should be behaving like Donald and Melania Trump — prancing and preening around a gold-plated apartment in high heels while ignoring her children — instead of being a Queen Consort, a wife, a mother, and a badass woman.

And the question really begs itself: Why is it a bad thing if Kate Middleton — and Prince William — are just like us?

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This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

Bernadette Giacomazzo @gforce_bg

Bernadette Giacomazzo is an editor, writer, and photographer whose work has appeared in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Source, XXL, HipHopDX, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post,, and more. She is also the author of The Uprising series and is the CEO of the acclaimed G-Force Marketing & Publicity firm, which has been featured in The Hollywood Reporter and has scored film, television, radio, and print placements for celebrity clientele worldwide. Reach her via email:

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