From a young age, fairy tales and animated Disney movies have trained little girls that being a princess is the key to happiness. Cinderella's life became infinitely better once she met her prince and was whisked away from her life of mopping and cleaning, while Belle was finally able to escape the drab lifestyle of living in a "provincial town" after she charmed the Beast. So, naturally, one would expect that Kate Middleton would be the source of jealousy among women across the globe. Perhaps even more so in England, where the royal family is highly regarded.
Not so, according to a poll by YouGov (via Yahoo.com) that surveyed just over 1,000 British women 18 and older between March 30 and April 1. The survey indicated that despite Kate's wealth, good looks, and imminent royal wedding on April 29, a whopping 86% of British women do not envy Kate in the slightest.
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So why the lack of jealousy, despite the fact that she is marrying Prince William, who is often regarded as one of the world's most eligible bachelors? According to MyDaily.co.uk, the website that commissioned the poll, most women wouldn't want to trade places with the future princess because they fear she won't be able to retain a normal lifestyle.
"Most women realize Catherine has an unenviable task ahead of her, having her every move, not to mention every outfit, picked apart by the press," said Carla Bevan, editor-in-chief of MyDaily.co.uk. Where Should Prince William & Kate Middleton Honeymoon?
We know the British are known for being polite in all scenarios, but surely some of them might be affected by the green eyed monster?
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While it is true most did not envy Ms. Middleton, a third did admit the main draw to being Kate was her wealth. Perhaps surprisingly, it seems people aren’t placing money at the forefront when assessing their values. Forty-four percent said they would love to have Kate's money, but not enough to trade places with her and endure the scrutiny of the paparazzi.
"We do live in an era of 24-hour news now," said Victoria Arbiter, CBS News royal contributor. "So people are much more aware of what it's like to be a member of 'the firm' (the royal family)." Is Kate Middleton Making a Royal Mistake?