Kate Middleton’s awkward email to friends revealed – ‘Don’t call me Kate!’ KATE MIDDLETON made a very awkward request to her friends regarding her name, unearthed documents have revealed.
In 2008 there was much speculation that Prince William would soon propose to his long-term girlfriend and that she was preparing to become a royal. She has recently attended his RAF graduation and gone to a royal wedding in his place. Columnist Adam Helliker reported exclusively for the Sunday Express that Kate had even asked her friends to stop calling her ‘Kate’, and start referring to her as ‘Catherine’.
He wrote: “With Prince William’s engagement now a surefire certainty (even Ladbrokes has stopped taking bets on whether it will happen after a flurry of well-placed wagers) there are intriguing signs that Kate Middleton is preparing for her future role.
“It looks like she’s taking it very seriously indeed too. “I hear that in the past few weeks the former accessories buyer has quietly informed friends that she would like to drop the informal ‘Kate’ and in future wishes to be known by her full name: Catherine.”
This request was made via an email, in which she was reportedly “gentle” and “very jokey”, according to royal expert Daniela Elser. However, that did not stop friends from being a little taken aback by it. One friend told Mr Helliker: “Everyone knows it’s about to happen with Kate and William, but we were a little surprised about the request to call her Catherine. “There is a distinct feeling she has started to become very aware of her position.” According to Mr Helliker, the now-Duchess of Cambridge was known by ‘Catherine’ at her school, Marlborough College.
However, it was apparently shorted to ‘Kate’ at St Andrews University, which is where she met William.
Nevertheless, it is reportedly royal protocol to be referred to by your full name and ‘Catherine’ was considered to be more “dignified” and more “royal”. Therefore, the future Duchess of Cambridge took the opportunity to try and shift her image from that of ordinary ‘Kate’ to the more royal ‘Catherine’.
Prince Charles’s press secretary Paddy Harverson denied the report but royal biographer Robert Jobson claimed the Express’ Mr Helliker stood by his story.
“I think they thought it was more formal, more dignified, more royal. “And to be fair, it is the name her family refers to her. Needless to say, though, they were pretty much ignored.”
In his 2008 article, Mr Helliker speculated on what title Kate would have when she and William married. He said: “[One] possibility is that the Queen will grant William a new title, as she did with her sons Prince Andrew (who became the Duke of York) and Edward (the Earl of Wessex).
Source: EXPRESS CO UK