It is the Duchess of Cambridge, not Kate Middleton.
With the recent news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting another child, it is odd how news describes the couple. Prince William, who has always been royal, compared to his commoner wife, Kate Middleton. While she may have the title of Duchess of Cambridge, she is degraded to just being Kate Middleton.
At one time, she was a commoner, or she was a “commoner” in British standards. The British prefer old money vs. new money, and Kate Middleton has new money since she was an heiress. Measured to her life now, she had a certain kind of “commonness.” She had a job after getting out of university, but there was always the knowledge that she might become the duchess and eventual queen.
Growing up, she did all the “commoner” things, and it was why Prince William had such an eye for her. Under Princess Diana’s parentage, Prince William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, were brought up with some sort of “normalcy.” Princess Diana had a specific wanting of normalcy, and Prince William chose someone who had a “normal” upbringing without being too far down.
(In other words, you wouldn’t expect Prince William to marry someone who once worked at McDonalds.)
Since the time of her wedding to Prince William, when they came the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, people continue to prefer to her as Kate or if they try to give respect, they say Princess Kate. While she might technically be a princess, the title is Duchess of Cambridge. When the British royal family gives a response to anything, they also refer to the once Kate Middleton as the Duchess of Cambridge, her appropriate title.
Many people see no problem in calling her Kate Middleton or Princess Kate. It is a sense of personalness toward the royal; however, many people can recall what happens when people are so personable with a royal, especially since it was twenty years after her death not long ago.
People were very close with Princess Diana, which allow for some touching moments, yes, but it also allowed for paparazzi and the media to have an upperhand. Princess Diana was the most photographed woman in the year of her death. People felt connected to Princess Diana, and so they would buy anything with her on it, whether it was a newspaper or magazine. Thus the paparazzi had a reason to go after her. The public mourned her greatly after her death, more than any other royal in recent history.
A complaint is that the British monarchy is too closed off with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their children, but in truth, they don’t want the repeat of what happened to Princess Diana. As well as to give the children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte (along with the unborn child), as much of a normal upbringing that could happen. The Duchess of Cambridge wants this for her children.
The name is one piece of the disrespect that the Duchess of Cambridge endures since people call her lazy, a bad mother and a golddigger, but it is a huge piece. This is the name she goes by, and the media responds runs with the name. It is not hard to use the name Duchess of Cambridge.
You wouldn’t call the Queen just Lillibet or Lizzie. You wouldn’t call Duchess of Cornwall just Cammie. You wouldn’t call Princess Anne just Annie. You wouldn’t call Princess Diana just Diana. As well as you wouldn’t call Prince Charles just Charlie, or the Duke of Edinburgh just Phil, or Prince William just Wills. This is a respect level.
Even though she married into the family, she deserves the respect that comes with the name, like the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Diana have. Even after her divorce and death, Princess Diana is still referred to with a title and the correct title. The Duchess of Cambridge is yet married to the Duke of Cambridge.
By using the name Duchess of Cambridge instead of her old name and no title, it shows respect that comes with the monarchy. There is no power in the monarchy, but there is a respect for the institution and the institution still helps the people, especially of the United Kingdom. Tourism soars whenever some royal travels to a place, and the palaces are fill every day by tourists. All this money goes back to the people of the United Kingdom and wherever else they go.
It is not a hard switch either. While it sounds less personal, it is better to remember that no one knows these people personally at all. Most of the things that are read in the newspaper are false. At one point, the Duchess of Cambridge was just a common and Kate Middleton was just fine, but now she has moved up in the world and her name represents that.