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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 06: Catherine, Princess of Wales smiles and shakes hands with well-wishers after her visit to the PIPS (Public Initiative for Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm) charity with Prince William, Prince of Wales on October 06, 2022 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images/IBTimes


  • A royal author weighed in on the similarities and differences between Princess Diana and Kate Middleton
  • Ingrid Seward said that Diana would often counteract her insecurity with "wisecracks" and self-deprecation
  • The royal expert claimed that Middleton is more confident and "doesn't have to do this"

Kate Middleton may have taken on the title that was last publicly used by Princess Diana, but she is tackling the role of Princess of Wales differently to her late mother-in-law, according to a royal expert.

Prince William and Princess Kate became the new Prince and Princess of Wales after his father King Charles III ascended to the throne on Sept. 8 following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Since Middleton took over Princess Diana's former royal title, comparisons have been made between Prince William's wife and his late mom.

Royal author Ingrid Seward, the editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, weighed in on the similarities and differences between Princess Diana and Middleton, In her opinion, the new Princess of Wales will operate differently from her late mother-in-law.

"As the new Princess of Wales, the former Catherine Middleton has every enviable attribute. Like Diana, she is stunning to look at, has an amazing athletic figure and dresses beautifully," Seward told the Mirror of Middleton. "She also has the glossy long hair of a '50s movie star, classic good taste and a charming demeanor. She is almost perfect, but not so much so that you feel envy instead of admiration for her."

The expert also noted that Middleton has "a way of getting children to respond to her," which is "invaluable" since the majority of the royal's work is focused on kids.

But while it's "flattering" to be compared to Princess Diana, Seward said she believes that the two women "are quite different."

"Catherine would not attempt to do things the Diana way. She will do them her way. She has the support of her husband and if things work as they hope they are trying to do a slightly different kind of royal engagement," the royal expert suggested.

She continued, "When Catherine is working on her own, she has confidence in what she is doing but is subtle about it. She is unassuming, unpretentious and real. She is the only person who could follow Diana and yet make a difference in a different way."

Seward said she believes that Prince William and Prince Harry's late mother "only felt happy when she was doing good" and often counteracted her insecurity with "wisecracks" and self-deprecation. But the royal author claimed that Middleton "doesn't have to do this."

According to Seward, Middleton "studies hard" before her public engagements and makes sure to read and understand her specialized subjects, which the royal expert believes are the "key" to the princess' work.

Her husband, Prince William, is also "secure, well-briefed and sincere in his new role," Seward said.

"The Queen was confident in her final years this would be the case. As always, she was right," Seward said.

International Business Times could not independently verify Seward's claims.

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Kate Middleton stunned in Princess Diana's bespoke jewelry while in Dundee. Pictured: Middleton react as they greets wellwishers outside of a community centre in Dundee, eastern Scotland, on January 29, 2019. Getty Images/Ian Rutherford/Pool/AFP