KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, would have “found a soulmate” in Princess Diana had she lived, according to a royal expert.
Neither Kate nor Meghan Markle will ever have the opportunity to meet their mother-in-law, due to her tragic death in Paris in 1997. However Dickie Arbiter, former press secretary to Charles and Diana, has shed some light onto how he thinks the Princess of Wales would have got on with her sons’ wives. He thinks Diana would have been a great mother-in-law and got on well with both of them.
Regarding Kate, he said: “Diana would have been a great mother-in-law.
“I think Kate and Diana would have got on very well. Kate would have found a great soulmate in Diana.
“William has been doing all the guiding – they were lucky because they had a relationship for eight years before they were married, but Diana would have steered Kate and advised her about whatever she wanted to know.
“Kate would have found Diana very helpful and a good mother-in-law.”
Mr Arbiter added that he thinks Diana would have got on with Meghan too and would have been a “good guide for her” in making the transition from showbiz to royalty.
For example, he suggested that Diana may have advised her against the lavish New York baby shower.
He added that Diana could have helped Meghan regarding the negative media attention, telling her not to take any notice.
That said, the royal expert acknowledged that Diana’s relationship with Kate and Meghan may not have been entirely smooth.
He said: “With every mother there’s a little bit of jealousy when their son finds another woman and no mother can put her hand on her heart and say they’re not concerned. They are.
“To every mother, no woman is good enough for her son.”
Former private secretary Patrick Jephson agreed with Mr Arbiter that Diana would have been a good mentor for the Duchesses.
However, he highlighted how different the situation is for Kate than it was for Diana.
Firstly, Diana was going to be the next queen, which means there is an added pressure to her role that Kate does not experience.
Secondly, Diana was born to aristocracy and is experienced in the royal sphere, whereas Kate was born into a well-off but relatively ordinary middle-class family.
Thirdly, Diana was much younger than Kate when she got married – just 19 years old compared to Kate who was 29.
Finally, Kate has been the beneficiary of much more guidance and advice while Diana was left with almost no support.
Having said that, Diana’s input would still no doubt have been very useful to both Duchesses.