Dealing with your fiancé's step-mother is complicated enough. You have to be friendly and make her feel included in your wedding plans, but not so friendly that she starts to offer her opinions! And if you're Kate Middleton, there's one more awkward complication to deal with: curtsying.
According to RadarOnline, Camilla will now have to curtsy to the princess-to-be when Kate and Prince William are together, despite being 35 years older than them. However, if Prince Charles is in a room with just Camilla and Kate, then Miss Middleton is the one who will need to bow. Got all that?
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Evidently, being the future Princess of Wales puts Kate at the top of the pecking order. However, Camilla, otherwise known as the Duchess of Cornwall, is much lower, behind Prince William's cousins, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, thanks to a private document that the Queen authored the same year that Camilla and Charles wed. Evidently, the Queen didn't want to alienate her daughter Princess Anne or her cousin Princess Alexandra by forcing them to curtsy to Prince Charles' former mistress-turned-wife.
"Kate may not mind where she is on the totem-pole, because she’ll want to please everyone," said a insider to the UK's Daily Mail. "But William will mind, and I foresee difficulties ahead...while William feels warmly towards Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, he’s conscious they are lesser royals. He will wish to see them behaving correctly towards their future Queen." Prince William And Kate Middleton Set A Wedding Date!
Can you imagine how comical would it be if William were to leave a room, just as Charles enters? And what if Kate gets confused or forgets to curtsy? Will Camilla clear her throat as a reminder? Also, will Beatrice and Eugenie resent having to curtsy to someone who just became a princess at the age of 28, when they've been princesses their whole lives?
No wonder that it's being reported that Kate is hoping to recruit her younger sister Pippa Middleton to be her lady-in-waiting. Not only is Pippa someone that Kate could confide in, but she already has experience working as a party-planner, and would probably do a great job organizing Kate's schedule as a princess. 12 Facts You Didn't Know About Kate Middleton
"She would have to know who Kate is likely to be meeting, what they could talk about and their personal details. She will also make sure she keeps to the schedule," explained a palace aid to the Daily Star about what the job requirements are of a 21st century lady-in-waiting.
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However, if Pippa technically becomes a palace employee, that might present another awkward moment. Would Pippa have to curtsy all the time to her own sister and brother-in-law? How weird is that?!
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