Sure, being a princess sounds good, but there's a downside.
We're happy for princess-to-be Kate Middleton. Really we are. While we could do without the 24-hour news coverage of her dress/diet/ex-boyfriends/previous family homes, who doesn't love a good royal wedding? By all accounts, Prince William and Kate seem like they've thought this through and are ready for their very public walk down the aisle. We'll even admit, we wouldn't mind the tiaras, lady-in-waiting and new Audi-cum-driver that reportedly await Kate. But we're just as happy it's not us. Here's why… The Frisky: 20 Fun Facts About Kate Middleton
1. Her Mother-In-Law Is The Law. Queen Elizabeth II will be Kate's grandmother-in-law. Think the normal mother-in-law relationship can be intense? The Queen has been leading her family and influencing a nation since 1953. Queen Elizabeth will undoubtedly have input on everything Kate does, from what charities she works with to what schools her children attend. Speaking of kids…
2. Her Belly Is On Bump Watch. Kate's uterus is now a public commodity. Sure, Hollywood celebs are constantly under similar scrutiny but nobody but a princess really knows what it's like to have her waistline watched, 24-7. When she does eventually expect, the answer to the question "Do you know the sex?" will be guarded like a state secret. Plus, if they have a girl first, everyone will be expecting them to try again for a male heir apparent, ASAP. Post-pregnancy, her weight-loss will be documented on the front page of tabloids from London to New York. The Frisky: Prince William Getting Pre-Wedding Jitters
3. People Will Always Be Looking At Her Looks. If Kate gains five pounds, journalists will start filing for overtime (see "Her Belly Is On Bump Watch", above). This makes us thankful we can get fat, experiment with crazy haircuts and go to the grocery store without putting on makeup (or even changing out of our PJs). We love the princess-to-be's easy, natural style—the shiny hair, dewy skin and classic wardrobe. But we're savvy enough to know that she doesn't wake up look like this. Which leads us to our final reason we're glad we're not Kate: