Kate Middleton’s smile and down-to-earth cadence are enough to make anyone want to get to know her, princess or not. But the fact that this supposed “commoner” is going to be a part of a family tree that has its roots deep in British history make her all the more fascinating.
With just four days before the Royal Wedding, we’re easing Kate into the family by providing ten facts you might not know about the soon-to-be princess.
Kate Middleton likes to drink. Kate reportedly can drink William under the table. Royals correspondent Katie Nicholl says, “I’ve been at nightclubs with her where I’ve seen her (drinking with William) and do shot after shot, and she’s the one left standing and Prince William is the one who’s looking totally out of it.”
Kate Middleton is the oldest royal bride in history. That is, the oldest who has never been married before. Diana was only twenty when she married Prince Charles. If they’d have married in the U.S., she couldn’t even drink at her own wedding. And if there was ever a time to drink, I’d imagine it would be once you’ve married Prince Charles.
Kate Middleton was a possessive girlfriend. More than status, she was interested in keeping William at her side. “Kate’s not interested in position,” an insider said. “Her attitude is more like, William’s my man…There’s this incredible possessiveness, and she was damned if she was going to lose him to another girl.”
Kate Middleton was teased by Prince William’s friends. William’s friends reportedly used to snicker and make snide comments at Kate, referencing her mom’s old career as a flight attendant.
Kate Middleton is related to George Washington. The New England Historic Genealogical Society said that Middleton is "an eighth cousin eight times removed to George Washington. Their common ancestor, Sir William Gascoigne, died in 1487."
Kate Middleton is related to Prince William. They are 12th cousins, once removed. The Daily Mail reported, “The common ancestor who links the two lovers is a murderous despot whose bloody deeds have been deliberately forgotten by history.” The dictator, Sir Thomas Leighton, died in 1610 and was William’s 12th generation great-grandparent and Kate’s 11th.
Kate Middleton has a brother—James Middleton. While everyone seems to be familiar with Pippa, you don’t hear much about Kate’s university dropout brother, who left school to become a cake baker. He once appeared in a tabloid photo dressed as a French maid.
Kate Middleton has always been a fashion icon. In 2006, The Daily Telegraph included her in it’s “most promising newcomer” list of style winners and losers.
Kate Middleton has threatened legal action against the paparazzi. During Kate’s 25th birthday in January 2007, media attention around Kate got so bad, Prince Charles, Prince William and Middleton's lawyers threatened legal action. In October 2005, she complained about harassment from the media, explaining through her lawyer that she had done nothing significant to warrant such publicity.
William proposed to Kate at his ex’s parents place. The family of William’s ex girlfriend, Jecca Craig, have a family-run wildlife preserve in Kenya. William proposed to Kate at the Lewa Wildlife Conservatory, which is run by Jecca’s parents. The three—Kate, Jecca, and William—are said to all be close friends.
April 29th is right around the corner, and we can’t wait to see how Kate handles her new title!