Kate Middleton: Has she become ‘more superficial’ in Royal Family? Huge change she made03/04/2020
Since Kate Middleton married Prince William, all eyes have been on the Duchess of Cambridge. When the couple wed, Kate became a working royal and has carried out lots of official duties over the years. How has she changed in the family?
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Before Kate and Prince William tied the knot, the Duchess would rarely speak publicly.
Many royal enthusiasts heard her speak for the first time during the engagement interview with Prince William in November 2010.
Since then, Kate has become a key member of the Royal Family in her own right and will often make speeches of her own.
Analysing Kate’s voice from before her wedding until now, James Bryce, CEO and founder of communications analytics firm gweek, noted a key change.
He told Express.co.uk: “Before the wedding, Kate’s speech intelligence comes across sufficiently.
“She gives you a genuine sense of how she feels at the time. She lets authentic self lead the way.”
The royal spoke naturally before the wedding and left listeners wanting more, James claimed.
Although the interview was one of the first times she was interviewed, Kate still managed to make her points well.
“She is clear in her thinking and speaking process, and stays within her comfort zone. She’s happy not to over-talk,” he added.
“Most of the time she speaks efficiently and on point. There are occasional ‘you know’ and hesitations, but they don’t detract from her overall messaging.
“If anything, the listener may want to see and hear more from her, to get more glimpses of who she is. She is authentic but stays on point.”
Analysing a recent clip of the Duchess, the expert claimed there has been a notable change during her time as a royal.
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James said: “Kate uses a script in the second clip. She reads it sufficiently well, but her full speech intelligence is held back by the script.
“Scripts force her to adopt a more superficial speaking style. Your true accent can never come across, as the mind is absorbed in reading word-by-word as opposed to speaking from the heart.”
When giving important speeches at official events, it is not surprising that Kate would use the help of a script to effectively get across what she wants to say.
However, choosing to ditch the script could help her come across as full and authentic, according to the expert.
“If Kate had discarded the script and spoken from the heart, then she would come across as the full, authentic Kate,” James added.
“The script is an obstacle in this clip: she’s speaking entirely as it is written on page, with a reading accent as opposed to her genuine speaking voice.
“Her eye contact goes down at the end of each phrase. It comes across as more of a reading exercise as opposed to speaking.”
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge
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