12 Things Every Diehard Kate Middleton And Prince William Fan Needs To Know
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Is there anything new to say about Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge who we’re supposed to call Catherine? Or her husband Prince William? Or their apparently undying and picture-perfect love, which shall serve as the ultimate example of undying love as the West knows it?

No. There’s not. I’m sorry to break it to you. We’ve wrung this washcloth so dry that it’s now caught fire. We’ve dissected everything Kate has ever worn, every photograph she’s ever been in, and every time she’s been seen pushing her own cart at the grocery store. We’ve even polled thousands to find out if the public sees her as “a step forward for women” (only 42.6 percent did) or wants to be her (only 1 percent — is it the pantyhose because the crown part seems so fun??).

Royals obsessives have, much like Sunshine Anderson, heard it all before. We went over most of this collectively as a planet when Kate and William got married in 2010, which, to be fair, will forever be one of the most thrilling television broadcasts of all time.

All of this didn’t stop the Reelz network from going forward with a mini documentary series about Kate and William’s relationship, wedding, and children. Even if you have read the books and watched the other television specials about their life as one, you will still find enjoyment in this series. And if you are not a royals obsessive, well, why not? And  buy Tina Brown’s book about Princess Diana now and get to it.

As a devoted royal follower, watching this series — which consists of old video clips of the couple and several Kate and William “experts,” mostly tabloid editors who seem to relish recalling the times they breathed the same rarified air as the couple — essentially just reminded me that watching Kate Middleton emerge from her royal mobile on her wedding day in her Alexander McQueen dress for the first time will never not be exciting. Here are some choice highlights from the series:

1. For his gap year, Prince William decided to go to Chile, where his lifestyle was decidedly unlike that of someone who resides in palaces.

He cleaned toilet floors:

12 Things Every Diehard Kate Middleton And Prince William Fan Needs To KnowCooked porridge for breakfast:

12 Things Every Diehard Kate Middleton And Prince William Fan Needs To Know

And even carried this large, pointy log around:

12 Things Every Diehard Kate Middleton And Prince William Fan Needs To Know

He also slept in an old nursery classroom with 16 other people and! He had to chop his own firewood for heating and cooking his porridge and more.

2. Tabloid editors were tempted to run tons of paparazzi photos of Kate Middleton when she and William were dating — but restrained themselves. As soon as it became clear they were an item, photographers started tailing her. However, British tabloid editors didn’t want to be responsible for putting her in a dangerous situation like Princess Diana, who died in a car accident following a chase by paparazzi in Paris. So they agreed to only publish photos of her when she was with William.

3. Kate’s mom was a flight attendant and met her dad, a pilot, on a plane.

4. Kate’s parents own a party supply company, the cutely named Party Pieces, which is currently showcasing a “flamingo fun” theme and (perhaps therefore unsurprisingly) has made them quite successful. “[They] invested in education” is one of Reelz’s royals expert’s way of explaining that they used their Party Pieces cash to send their kids to private school.

5. Kate attended Marlborough College, where she was bullied. It’s hard to accept that fair Kate was ever anything other than sterilized perfection, but it gets worse. When the girls walked into the dining hall, a royals expert explains, the boys would hold up signs rating their attractiveness. Kate frequently got a 0 or 2.

6. That said, she quickly grew into “the girl every parent wants as a daughter,” as one of these experts puts it. She got involved in a potpourri of good-girl activities — she sang in choir and became the captain of the lacrosse team. One of the Reelz experts adds, “As she filled out a little bit and she got some color in her cheeks and she became more assured, the attraction grew, and she was a very popular person.” (As I said, there is nothing new to say about these people, so this is the kind of faux and vaguely sexist insights we’re left with.)

7. There is nothing dark in Kate Middleton’s past, which — of course there’s not. Otherwise she wouldn’t have been allowed to marry Prince William. Anyway, as the OK editor who was interviewed for this series explains, with an undercurrent of resentment in her voice, “There has been so little that’s come out of her past that’s scandalous, or some incident where she was rude to somebody, or bullying — I mean, there’s nothing!” How dare she!

8. This is what Prince Williams arrival at St. Andrews, where he met Kate, was like:

 12 Things Every Diehard Kate Middleton And Prince William Fan Needs To Know

And you thought your first day at school was bad!

9. Prince William started falling in love with Kate when he saw her walk in a student fashion show wearing a see-through tube dress with some underwear-type stuff underneath.

12 Things Every Diehard Kate Middleton And Prince William Fan Needs To KnowLet’s turn to our friend the OK editor for some analysis: “She really got William’s attention that day. You know, for all that has been said about Kate’s somewhat dull, somewhat pedestrian personality, the girl knows how to get attention when she wants it, and she did a really good job that day of getting the attention of probably the one man she really wanted.”  She did a really good job, you guys. Of wearing a see-through tube dress. One of her talents, really, is wearing see-through tube dresses for the sole purpose of getting attention from royal men.

10a. William never used his money or position to impress Kate. Instead of sitting front row at rock concerts and him buying her diamonds, they lived in a little cottage when they attended St. Andrews and he tried to cook noodles for her. An editor of the Sun says, “He wooed her by cooking spaghetti bologneses and sitting around in old jumpers.” Sexy!

10b. This Sun editor also told a story about how he tailed the royals on their ski trip to Switzerland one year — the first Kate attended, setting the paparazzi into frenzy. He ended up meeting Harry and William in a nightclub late one night and William asked him what the fuss was all about, to which this reporter said something like, “Everyone thinks she might be their future queen!” William was all, “LOLOL, I don’t want to get married until I’m 28 or 30, everyone needs to settle down, LOLOL.” Really I think this story was more about the Suneditor getting to talk about secretly meeting the royals in a nightclub in Switzerland après-ski but anyway.

11. Tabloid editors seem to really resent that Kate isn’t as interesting as Diana. “Kate doesn’t have the same kind of charisma or X factor that Diana has,” the OK editor says. “However, Kate’s beauty, her elegance, and her innate sense of what looks good on her is going to take her very far.” See? If she’s nothing else, she’s a woman who wears dresses and that’s all that matters for females in the year 2016.

12. Kate was very involved in the planning of her wedding. She even created mood boards for her cake maker. Of course, in addition to being an expert dress wearer, she did work for her parents at Party Pieces, so she has some expertise in these things, theoretically. Even though her sister Pippa is the one who wrote a book about party planning, Kate surely — surely — would have had far more clever tips than, “You can cut up your chicken into portions consisting of the drumstick, thigh, breast, and wing.”

All I can say is I hope the Pippa documentary is next.

From: Harper’s BAZAAR US