Is Kate Middleton Smoking to Deal with Wedding Stress?

If so, she wouldn't be the first woman to go to extremes before a walk down the aisle

Considering the amount of pressure many brides are under -- the planning, which can quickly become a second job; not one but two mothers to include in everything; not to mention the pressure of simply walking down the aisle -- its no surprise they often turn to some crazy or unhealthy means of release.

And it seems princess-to-be Kate Middleton has chosen the “unhealthy” route, opting to combat her royal wedding-induced stress by smoking. “She has always enjoyed an occasional cigarette -- which suppresses her appetite -- and has tried to give it up several times as William hates it,” an insider tells Popeater’s Rob Shuter. “However, as the wedding gets closer and closer, she is smoking more and more.”

I get that it’s not the healthiest habit, and no matter if she’s doing it to lose weight or deal with stress, let's give this girl a break, shall we? This young woman is under immense worldwide pressure come April 29! So long as she quits -- as she allegedly plans to do after the wedding -- I think we could give her a pass.

Besides, as I learned from my own experience, brides aren’t the only ones who resort to extreme measures in advance of a wedding. My mother took up smoking in an effort to lose weight before my walk down the aisle last year, while another mom of a bride-to-be I know is trying hypnosis in an effort to drop a few pounds. Middleton’s mother is even said to be on the Dukan Diet, which requires you to eat nothing but protein for one whole day every week for the rest of your life. And none of these women (especially my mother!) has had to deal with the same level of scrutiny as Middleton.

As one royal expert tells Popeater, “Only Princess Diana could understand the amount of pressure this young girl is experiencing.”

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