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Last week, Kate Middleton announced to the world that there is a new princess on the scene. Of course, since this time there's been a seemingly endless stream of scrutiny about her style, her body, even her hair. Criticisms of this nature took their toll on our last princess. It's no secret that Princess Di was woefully unprepared for the media barrage that focused almost exclusively on her looks. Di ulimately coped by turning to bulimia which she described as not only a weight-management tool but as an "escape mechanism."
If anything, the media eye is even more focused on Kate. While engagement rumors swirled, websites rushed to post pictures of her "dramatic weight loss" first saying it was an effort to entice William to propose and then proclaiming it was because she was so upset about the wedding drama.
Some articles glowingly gushed over her new size two figure, talking about how she wooed William by posing for lingerie shots while others cruelly bemoaned her "bony, concave" chest. Every article has to print her height and weight, as estimated by various experts and "friends" who don't hold back on philosophizing about every morsel she eats.
I don't usually believe quotes from anonymous "palace insiders" (in the National Enquirer no less) but I think this one has some truth: "Kate’s obsessed with her weight and is bothered when people comment on it." How could she not be? It's enough to drive anyone to an eating disorder. Kate seems very level-headed. She's got almost ten years on Princess Di at the age she wed which makes a huge difference in confidence and self-esteem. Plus, it seems like the castle is aware of the crushing pressures of the crown, taking precautions by having Kate meet with experts to prepare her for the onslaught.
But in the end, Princess Di's words echo presciently from the grave, "The most daunting aspect was the media attention, [...] it started to focus very much on me, and I seemed to be on the front of a newspaper every single day, which is an isolating experience, and the higher the media put you, place you, is the bigger the drop." Why are we setting up Kate to follow the same pressured path as Di? Or is body scrutiny just part of the deal when you become a modern-day princess?
Do you think Kate is better equipped to handle these body image pressures than Princess Di? Chime in below!