Here's why we don't call Kate Middleton 'Princess Kate'

Ksenia Novikova
Aug 23, 2018
04:29 P.M.
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Once Princess Diana married Prince Charles in 1981, people immediately began calling her a princess. But this same rule has not applied to her son Prince William's wife.


When Kate Middleton married Prince William and became Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, fans seemed disappointed that she hadn't been given the title of Princess after her 2011 wedding.

While it is a convoluted explanation, there is actually a logical reason why she isn't referred to as Princess Catherine. As with anything related to the British royal family, it is steeped in tradition.

While she isn't known by the title, Catherine is in fact considered to a princess. Her official title is Her Royal Highness Princess William, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus.


In an archaic rule, women take their husband's name when they marry, so she can only be called a Princess if referred to as "Princess William."

In British royalty one person may be awarded many different titles, depending on their rank. To avoid the confusion of calling them by their full titles, most royals choose one major title out of their list by which they are generally known.


One of Prince William's titles is Duke of Cambridge. A dukedom is not necessarily a lower title than a princehood, and William is more often referred to as the Duke of Cambridge sinc ethe title was awarded to him on his wedding day.

As such, his wife uses her corresponding title, which is that of the Duchess of Cambridge.

The reason then that Diana was referred to as a princess is because her husband had been granted the title Prince of Wales, and this is to this day his major title. Therefore his wife became the Princess of Wales.

Catherine has certainly emulated her late mother-in-law in many ways, showing her same modesty and charitable nature, as well as displaying a similar wardrobe on many occasions and wearing Diana's engagement ring.

William has also spoken of his sadness that his mother never got to meet his wife, and that she will never see his three children grow up.

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