Su­per slim Cather­ine a hot topic

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

WED­DING PLAN: On a visit to North­ern Ire­land Cather­ine Mid­dle­ton was re­ported to be look­ing a bit gaunt ahead of her big day HOW thin is too thin? Not even Cather­ine Mid­dle­ton has es­caped the thorny de­bate.

The wil­lowy princess-to-be’s ap­pear­ance and re­ported com­ments dur­ing a visit to North­ern Ire­land sparked some con­cerns on Wed­nes­day about whether she’s los­ing too much weight ahead of the April 29 royal wed­ding. The sub­ject even be­came a topic on Twit­ter.

In front-page news­pa­per pho­to­graphs, Mid­dle­ton ap­pears to be in good health if slightly slim­mer than usual, but re­porters heard many in the Belfast crowd of well­wish­ers on Tues­day mak­ing com­ments that she looked a bit gaunt.

One woman, Heather Lind­say, told Mid­dle­ton ‘‘ not to lose any more weight,’’ and said Mid­dle­ton re­marked that it was all part of the wed­ding plan.

Palace of­fi­cials on Wed­nes­day re­fused to say whether Prince Wil­liam’s fi­ancee is try­ing to lose a few ki­los be­fore the big day. They also de­clined to spec­ify her height, weight or to com­ment on her words in North­ern Ire­land.

‘‘ It was an off-the-cuff com­ment,’’ said a press aide to Prince Charles who asked not to be iden­ti­fied be­cause of palace pro­to­col. ‘‘ It’s a hugely pri­vate mat­ter.’’

Prince Charles’ press aides have been pro­tec­tive of Mid­dle­ton’s pri­vacy since the en­gage­ment was an­nounced in Novem­ber. Mid­dle­ton was ac­tive in many sports dur­ing her univer­sity days and her weight hasn’t seemed to have fluc­tu­ated much since then.

Even if Mid­dle­ton is not di­et­ing, it would not be un­com­mon or wor­ry­ing for her to lose sev­eral pounds in the weeks be­fore the wed­ding sim­ply be­cause of nerves, s a i d Mark Niemierko, a t o p Lon­don wed­ding plan­ner who has seen clients lose weight un­ex­pect­edly in the fi­nal days be­fore the cer­e­mony.

‘‘ Even those brides who don’t plan to lose weight lose weight,’’ he said. ‘‘ This is the one day they will be the ab­so­lute cen­tre of at­ten­tion, and these are pic­tures they’ll have for­ever, so they want to be in good form. The same is true for the groom.’’

He said Mid­dle­ton is nat­u­rally tall and skinny – like her sis­ter, maid of hon­our Pippa Mid­dle­ton – but does not seem dan­ger­ously slim.

‘‘ I think she looks per­fect, but ev­ery­one has is­sues about their bod­ies and I’m sure she just wants to be very toned,’’ he said.

On Twit­ter, a hand­ful of peo­ple posted com­ments about Mid­dle­ton’s weight on Wed­nes­day. One said she shouldn’t lose any more weight and should serve as a healthy role model to young girls.

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