Your weight can wait, Kate

By admin
18 March 2011

She’s gone from Waity Katy to Dwindling-weight Kate in a few short months. Poor girl. Prince William had barely put his mom’s lovely ring on his fiancée’s finger when the comments started.

She’s too thin – have you seen her legs? She’s going to struggle to make it down the aisle at Westminster Abbey on those spindly pins, one gossip columnist wrote.

Oh, don’t worry, a beaming Kate replied; it’s all part of the wedding plan.

Which was probably the worst thing the royal bride-to-be could have said for two reasons: first it drove home the point Kate, who has never had a smidgen of extra flesh to shed, is actually trying to slim down. And second it prompted a flood of comparisons to one of the most popular and tragic figures in royal history.

Kate has been likened to Princess Diana before. But now the weight issue has come up, throwing light on all sorts of things. The prospect of a fairytale wedding to your Prince Charming is one thing. The reality is it’s very stressful.

“Millions of people around the world will be watching Kate on 29 April,” one royal source says. “She knows it and, while marrying William is what she wants more than anything, she’s under some strain too. A lot is expected of her.”

According to insiders Kate, who at 1,77 m is taller than average, has lost more than 6 kg since the engagement was announced in November, going from an already slender 58 kg to just 52 kg.

Her weight started to make headlines in early February when she was spotted at lunch at an upmarket eatery in Knightsbridge, London, with her soon-to-be stepmother-in-law, the former Camilla Parker Bowles, now Duchess of Cornwall.

She looked stylish as ever but her legs, clad in black tights and boots, “are cause for concern”, one observer said.

Yet Christopher Andersen, author of William and Kate: A Love Story and the bestselling The Day Diana Died, has scoffed at suggestions Kate is in trouble.

He lashed out at people who “attempt to portray her as a fragile young woman who is already falling prey to an eating disorder”.

Claudia Joseph, author of Kate: The Making of a Princess, agrees Kate isn’t in trouble. “Certainly she has lost weight since she became engaged but many brides drop kilos in the run-up to their wedding. It doesn’t mean she’s on a path to weight obsession and eating disorders.”

Read the full article in the YOU of 24 March 2011

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