Jeal­ous Kate: Why she longs to be more like Meghan

Is our Duchess get­ting a touch of the greeneyed mon­ster?

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Af­ter Meghan and Harry’s re­cent get­away, the Duchess of Cam­bridge may be feel­ing a lit­tle jeal­ous of the pair’s rel­a­tive free­dom.

The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex flew to the Dutch capital to at­tend a pri­vate bash hosted by Soho House boss Nick Jones at the em­pire’s Am­s­ter­dam ho­tel, at which it was re­ported that they min­gled with A-lis­ters such as Os­car win­ner Ed­die Red­mayne, Fifty Shades star Jamie Dor­nan and Riot Club ac­tor Dou­glas Booth.

Meghan, 37, who fa­mously has a string of celebrity friends, has been a mem­ber of the uber-trendy club chain for four years, since work­ing on her hit US le­gal drama, Suits.

The royal new­ly­weds are thought to have spent a week­end par­ty­ing till dawn and chat­ting to ev­ery­one at the boozy bash – some­thing Kate and Wil­liam will pre­sum­ably never have the lux­ury of do­ing.

Of course, as fu­ture King, Prince Wil­liam, 36, al­ways

knew he would live a very dif­fer­ent life to his younger brother, Harry, 34, who has never been un­der the same pres­sure.

His­tory has a habit of re­peat­ing it­self, par­tic­u­larly within the Royal Fam­ily, when it comes to the ‘ heir and the spare’ con­cept.

It was how we used to talk about our own Queen, Elizabeth, and her sis­ter, the late Princess Mar­garet. Mar­garet was la­belled a royal ‘rebel’, a lit­tle like Prince Harry – so­cial­is­ing with celebs and hav­ing re­la­tion­ships out­side the aris­toc­racy.

Kate Mid­dle­ton, how­ever, comes into the equa­tion hav­ing had a very dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence to any­one else in the Royal Fam­ily. Be­ing born into an or­di­nary back­ground as a ‘com­moner’, then fall­ing in love with the heir to the throne, meant Kate’s life changed for ever when she mar­ried Prince Wil­liam.

It must have seemed like a fairy tale come true when the Prince fell for her at the Univer­sity of St An­drews back in 2002. But the ‘ love bub­ble’ phase of their re­la­tion­ship came to a halt in 2007, when the pres­sures of who Wil­liam would be­come led the young cou­ple to split up for a few months. Thank­fully, the pair re­united, mar­ry­ing in 2011.

You could say the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge live a charmed life, but, of course, it comes at a price.

When Harry started dat­ing ac­tress Meghan Markle two years ago, the com­par­isons be­tween the two cou­ples were im­me­di­ate, but when the hot new pair mar­ried in May of this year, the dif­fer­ences in their re­spec­tive lives be­came strik­ingly ap­par­ent.

Since their hon­ey­moon, Meghan and Harry have at­tended var­i­ous so­cial events, and even flown off to visit A-list pals like Ge­orge and Amal Clooney.

When their trip to Am­s­ter­dam was re­vealed re­cently, it would be un­der­stand­able if Kate were feel­ing a lit­tle en­vi­ous of Meghan and Harry’s ex­cit­ing taste of free­dom.

Af­ter all, Prince Wil­liam ad­mit­ted just last week that Kate gets a touch of the green-eyed mon­ster when he goes away on trips for work.

Speak­ing about a re­cent solo trip to Africa as pres­i­dent of the United For Wildlife or­gan­i­sa­tion, he re­vealed mis­chie­vously that his wife was ‘im­mensely jeal­ous’ as he would fi­nally get a ‘few good un­in­ter­rupted nights’ sleep’ away from his ‘won­der­ful chil­dren’.

Vet­eran royal re­porter Phil Dampier, au­thor of Roy­ally Suited: Harry & Meghan In Their Own Words, be­lieves there must be some jeal­ousy on Kate’s part that she and Wil­liam don’t en­joy the same free­dom as Harry and Meghan.

‘It would be dif­fi­cult for Kate and Wil­liam to go off on a trip to Am­s­ter­dam with friends, as Harry and Meghan did,’ Phil Dampier tells best. ‘I think part of the rea­son Wil­liam went to Africa on a week-long trip re­cently was to get away from the con­fines of home. He is a free spirit, and he also ad­mits he strug­gles to get to sleep with three young kids keep­ing them awake!’

Kate, he adds, is pre­oc­cu­pied with the chil­dren and has her hands full.

‘She is a de­voted mum, but there must be times when she feels like get­ting away from it all, just like Harry and Meghan.

‘Kate loved liv­ing in Nor­folk at An­mer Hall, be­cause it was the near­est thing to a nor­mal fam­ily life, away from pry­ing eyes. They had to move back to Lon­don to ful­fil their du­ties and help the Queen, but some­times I’m sure Kate longs for those care­free days at her coun­try home.

Phil con­tin­ues, ‘She can’t wait to get back there on rare week­ends and hol­i­days. Kate loves Meghan to bits and they get on well, but I’m sure she some­times en­vies her be­cause Meghan is do­ing things her way and, as the wife of the fu­ture heir, Kate has less choice.’

We’re sure the Berk­shire­born mum-of-three has at some point imag­ined her­self be­ing whisked away by Wil­liam to some Euro­pean city or other, al­low­ing her to es­cape, even for just one week­end, the over­whelm­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity of know­ing that, one day, she will be Queen.

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