KATE MIDDLETON and her sister Pippa were on the receiving end of some snobbish comments from London’s aristocratic set – including a cutting comparison to the Bouvier sisters, according to a royal expert.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now the proud parents of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa Middleton memorably served as maid of honour at their stunning royal wedding in 2011. However, the Middleton sisters had to face some snobbish comments from Prince William’s social circle before they became part of the Royal Family.
Author and broadcaster Vicky Ward, writing in Vanity Fair in 2008, took a look at how Kate was the victim of some vicious “sniping”.
This included a disparaging comparison of Pippa and Kate to the Bouvier sisters.
Jacqueline Bouvier went on to become internationally known as Jackie O, after her marriages to JFK and Aristotle Onassis.
Her sister Lee, meanwhile, became a princess when she married Prince Stanislaw Radziwill of Poland.
Jackie and Lee Bouvier; Kate and Pippa Middleton (Image: Getty)
The Bouvier Sisters pictured togther in 1955 (Image: Getty)
Ms Ward wrote: “There are plenty of snobbish insults from people who, despite Middleton’s obvious attributes, believe that the monarchy needs to stop marrying ‘out’ of its class.
“One likened her and her younger sister, Pippa, 25, to the Bouvier sisters, with their obvious desire to ‘marry well.’”
Jackie Kennedy, as First Lady, met the Queen and Prince Philip in 1961 on a state visit to Buckingham Palace.
However, her sister Lee proved to be a bone of contention during the occasion.
Writing for Reader’s Digest, author Craig Brown reported: “[The dinner] proves a minefield.
“The guest list has been the subject of negotiation: traditionally, divorcées are not invited, so the Queen has been reluctant to welcome Jackie’s sister Princess Lee Radziwill, who is on her second marriage, or her husband, Prince Stanislaw Radziwill, who is on his third.
“Under pressure, she relents, but, by way of retaliation, singularly fails to invite Princess Margaret or Princess Marina, both of whose names Jackie has put forward.
“Jackie’s old paranoia returns: She sees it as a plot to do her down.
“‘The Queen had her revenge,’ she confides to Gore Vidal. ‘No Margaret, no Marina, no one except every Commonwealth minister of agriculture they could find.’”
Lee Radzivill and Jackie Kennedy (Image: Getty)
Kate and Pippa together with Meghan Markle at Wimbledon last year (Image: Getty)
Unhappily for Kate, the cutting remarks about her and her family from William’s aristocratic circle did not stop there.
Ms Ward continued: “One member of the young polo-playing set in the county of Gloucestershire – known in the British media as the ‘Glossy Posse’ – noted, ‘Her parents have a tarmac drive, for God’s sake.’”
Some believe Tarmac is seen to be a particularly “new-money” option for paving, as opposed to gravel or a country track.
Ms Ward continues: “An acquaintance felt that Kate was extremely controlled and controlling.
Prince William and Kate timeline (Image: DX)
“Some have commented on the small number of close friends she and Prince William have – between a dozen and 20 – and note that they are nearly all his, from either Eton or college, or family friends from his teenage years, such as popular London club promoter Guy Pelly, 26, Thomas van Straubenzee, 26, and Hugh Van Cutsem, 34.”
Meanwhile, society pages in London rather archly called Kate and Pippa the “wisteria sisters – highly decorative, terribly fragrant and with a ferocious ability to climb.”
Biographer Andrew Morton also wrote how William’s circle treated Kate “abominably” in the early days of their romance.
In his 2011 book “William and Catherine” Mr Morton wrote: “Kate would have sensed reservations about her in certain quarters.
“While she was seen as a ’pretty and sensible’ girl, there were those in royal and aristocratic circles who believed that the Middletons were too middle-of-the-road for the House of Windsor.”
A Scottish nobleman told Mr Morton: “It was felt that she wasn’t from the right stock.
“William was expected to find a suitable bride among the aristocracy or European royalty – one of his own kind.”
While Kate married her prince in 2001, Pippa walked down the aisle in 2017 with her beau James Matthews.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK