Jealous Kate: Why she longs to be more like Meghan
Is our Duchess getting a touch of the greeneyed monster?
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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She’s the future Queen, but does Kate hanker after a simpler life?