It can feel daunting enough officially joining someone else’s family when you get married, let alone when that family is famous – or arguably the most famous family on the planet. So we can’t even begin to imagine how it felt for the Duchess of Cambridge, knowing she would be marrying the future king and become a key member of the royal family.
Understandably, a change as big as that requires some preparation. With the whole world watching your every move, you’d want to make sure you were ready, right? In fact, royal expert Duncan Larcombe suggests Kate Middleton may even have had elocution lessons before her marriage to Prince William to sound ‘more regal’.
Speaking to OK! magazine, he said: ‘I first spoke to Kate in April 2005 when she was on a ski trip with Prince William, Prince Charles and Prince Harry in Switzerland. She was always well spoken, she went to Marlborough College, she was hardly the fishwife in the way she spoke.’
‘But, having said that, it’s as though her accent and the way she carefully speaks and pronounces her words have become more regal over the years and morphed into what we see now. It’s almost like her accent has changed in accordance with the role that she’s played over the years.’
Duncan then said it’s ‘never been denied’ that Kate took elocution lessons, but was also sure this would have been a decision she made herself, rather than something that came from the royal family.
Duncan added: ‘Kate is a perfectionist, she will look at everything about herself in minute detail so she knows exactly the kind of outfits that she wears to send out the right signals and are appropriate. She’s elegant when she needs to be and mumsy when it’s required. With that sort of attention to detail, can we really blame her for also paying that same attention to the way she delivers what she says?’
The comments were made in the same week the Duchess of Cambridge read a bedtime story on Cbeebies.