Kate Middleton reportedly helped the monarchy become truly democratic.

The public was overjoyed when Prince William married Middleton, a commoner, in 2011. Historian David Starkey said that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal wedding was significant and it helped the monarchy become “even more genuinely democratic.” He explained this during his interview with Sir David Tang in the same year.

“A royal prince, a commoner, is that a symbol that in fact the British monarchy, which is one of the oldest in the world, does that herald a different kind of monarchy that might be labelled distinctly modern?” he said.

According to him, the British monarchy became modern in another great crisis in 1917 at the height of World War I when the German royal house decided to be English. At that point, English men start to marry English women. He added that the most significant change was that it “reconciles itself to democracy” which is a contradiction in terms of a “democratic monarchy.”

He was convinced that Prince William and Middleton’s wedding is genuinely democratic. He also admitted that at first it was kind of an oxymoron but was a clever selling line. He also stressed that Middleton is not as common because she is a woman of serious education. In fact, the Duchess of Cambridge is the first seriously educated royal spouse in the 20th century.

“But she, of course, represents a world outside the Palace, a world outside that privilege,” he added.

“She is a supermarket trolley princess. She can confidently walk down the aisle at Waitrose and pick things off in front of the television cameras, and still somehow contrive to be both ‘common’ and ‘princess.’”

Earlier this year, there were rumors that Prince William cheated on Middleton with their family friend, Rose Hanbury. However, according to an insider, the couple is not splitting.

Prince William and Middleton are often seen together. Just recently, the couple was spotted enjoying a romantic lunch at the Inn on the Lake, a hotel on the Lake Ullswater after visiting Cumbria. However, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge didn’t stay too long there as they were in a hurry to pick Prince George and Princess Charlotte from school.