Kate Middleton, the blushing bride, and focus of all media attention. She's been vetted and tested and prepared by the British royal family to officially become Princess Kate. Every little girl pretends to be a princess, whether for Halloween or playing dress up with friends, but for very few does it become a reality. The princess fantasy is almost an innate trait in young women, or maybe we were taught by Disney movies and our mothers.
As Kate prepares to become a real princess, sometimes I question if she is the luckiest girl in the world. She's marrying the man she loves, Prince William, who loves her. That's the most important thing that makes her lucky. She is financially secure for the rest of her life. She'll have a team to help her dress in the planet's most fashionable clothes, and she'll hobnob with the rich, famous, and powerful. She's gaining the status that most of us don't even stop to entertain as a possible reality for our lives.
Then I start to think about how she can never have a bad day, particularly in public. She will be photographed wherever she goes, and real privacy is out of the question. She must have her hair in place and her lipstick on. Forget running a quick errand in sweatpants, but I guess she'll have folks to run errands for her. Others talk about the fact that she'll live in Diana's shadow forever. I know I wouldn't want to constantly be compared to the people's princess.
I'm sure the constant media attention is exciting for a while, and maybe she's had formal training on how to handle it all. I wonder if it gets old gracing the pages of magazines and tabloids and being followed by paparazzi. I don't know because that isn't my reality, but I wonder.
I must say she's handled the attention with lots of grace and integrity. She's always in control and seems to be taking it all in stride. She's a great example of what a true lady is, and I think she's the first good role model little girls have had in quite a long time, now that the pop tart diva phase is finally passing by. I appreciate Kate for her poise and composure, and I hope she endures and grows into the princess that is in her.