Princess Diana’s discreet impact on Kate’s future — ‘Made life easier for Duchess!’

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PRINCESS DIANA paved the way for Kate Middleton to have an “easier” life in the public eye, according to a royal documentary.

During the documentary, ‘William & Kate: The Journey’, former royal butler Paul Burrell claimed that Diana’s choices actually helped Kate find her feet in the Firm.

He said: “What I find very strange is the fact that Diana’s death secured a safe path for Kate.

“Diana broke all the moulds and made life better for Kate.

“Someone she never met, but she did it for her son, and her son’s wife.

Princess Diana’s discreet impact on Kate’s future — ‘Made life easier for Duchess!’

Princess Diana’s discreet impact on Kate’s future — ‘Made life easier for Duchess!’ (Image: Getty)

Princess Diana was much more hands-on with her children than previous royals

Princess Diana was much more hands-on with her children than previous royals (Image: Getty)

“And so now Kate has a much easier life, far more easier than Diana did at her age.”

Mr Burrell may have been referring to the amount of control Kate and William have over their own image compared to Diana, who felt she had to constantly defer to the instructions of the “men in grey suits”, the Palace courtiers.

Kate and William also chose to ease their way into full-time royal life during the first few years of their marriage, while Diana was forced into being a working royal at the young age of 20.

Kate and William initially lived in Anglesey where the Duke of Cambridge worked with the RAF search and rescue helicopter team.

The couple then moved to Norfolk so William could work with the East Anglian Air Ambulance as a pilot.

Diana with her eldest, Prince William

Diana with her eldest, Prince William (Image: Getty)

During this time, Kate was able to prioritise her two young children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in a hands-on way that was only previously seen in Diana’s approach to William and her younger son Prince Harry.

Diana was determined to give her sons a taste of a normal upbringing, regardless of more formal Palace traditions.

This attitude has then been passed down to the Cambridges and the Sussexes as William and Harry raise their own young families.

Kate and William made a rare outing with their son George at the weekend

Kate and William made a rare outing with their son George at the weekend (Image: Getty)

Kate, William, Charlotte, George, and Louis last Christmas

Kate, William, Charlotte, George, and Louis last Christmas (Image: Getty)

The 2017 documentary also noted that William is more insistent on drawing a line between his personal and professional life — a trait which is thought to stem from his mother’s struggle in the constant eye.

The narrator explained: “Prince William has always been cautious as to who he lets into his friendship group, as leaks to the press is something that has to be taken into consideration.”

Royal commentator Robert Jobson said: “William and Kate have kept a very close circle of friends.”

William and Kate in their Norfolk home with their children

William and Kate in their Norfolk home with their children (Image: Getty)

“Actually that’s worked pretty effectively for them over the last few years, but they do tend to stick with the friends they’ve had for a couple of decades.”

Diana had a much more turbulent relationship with the media, and even decided to take a year away from the spotlight in the early Nineties to cope with the stress.

Diana’s Decades, episode two, will air on ITV this Thursday at 9pm and is available to watch on catch up on ITV Hub.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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