30 Times Being Kate Middleton Is Really Kind of a Drag

30 Times Being Kate Middleton Is Really Kind of a Drag
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Being a princess seems glamorous, right? Just look at the palaces, the traveling around the world -- oh, and the outfits! But sometimes it can be downright exhausting. (Not like we'd know ourselves, but we can imagine.) Sure, Kate Middleton handles her royal duties like a star, but sometimes it's pretty obvious that being Prince William's wife and the mother of three little royal kiddos kind of takes its toll.

Once in a while, we'd even go so far as to say we feel a little bit sorry for Kate -- you know, because her day-to-day life is anything but normal. (OK, we only feel a little bit sorry, because like we said, look at those palaces.) Honestly, though, there really are certain instances where being a royal must be kind of a drag -- even for the woman we'd all love to be. Just imagine her hectic schedule -- she probably rarely gets a break, especially because being a mother is also a full-time job. It must be hard to always have a smile on your face just because cameras are flashing at you 24/7. But hey, these photos just make Kate all the more relatable. (For the record, Kate is doing a pretty inspiring job at juggling all those roles.)

Here are all the times we would've loved to hug Kate and tell her it was going to be all right. 

  • Small Talk

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    Kate has to make small talk with dignitaries all the time. Those of us who aren't exactly extroverts can understand that this is a challenge. What if she runs out of things to talk about? Inevitably, it must happen -- but hopefully, by now, Kate's picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. 

  • Hand to Hand

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    Kate has to shake the hands of dozens of strangers every day. Here's hoping none of them has a cold -- or at least that Kate carries a healthy amount of hand sanitizer with her. This is an important part of her job -- making these connections, and all -- but hopefully, she can stay healthy.

  • Boss Lady

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    Kate may be a princess, but the Queen is in charge. Fortunately, it seems as if Kate and Queen Elizabeth have a pretty solid relationship. But as with most families, there's probably at least a little annoyance behind the scenes... especially because working with family can be rough at times!

  • Photo Op

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    Kate always has to be ready for a photo op -- it just comes with the gig! And fortunately, she's always dressed impeccably, and her hair usually looks fabulous. Despite that, though, there's gotta be days she wishes she didn't have to bother with the cameras. 

  • Let's Get Serious

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    Kate seems to enjoy a lot of her outings and engagements, but they can't all be fun! When it comes to the more serious events, we could see this duty of hers becoming a bit of a drag. She never lets on if she's somewhere she'd rather not be, though.

  • Public Record

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    Living in the public eye can't be easy, but Kate's been in the middle of it going back to when she and Will were dating. That means that every mistake she makes is out there forever -- that's a lot of pressure! It's hard to imagine exactly how stressful that must get at times.

  • Snooze Fest

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    Just like those downer appearances, there have to be ones that are pretty boring for Kate, too -- such as state dinners. If it involves socializing with strangers and being on good behavior, it's gonna be a long night! So far, though, it seems like Kate has these kinds of appearances down too.

  • On the Record

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    Kate doesn't get the advantage of "private family moments" that the rest of us do. Being in the royal family means that her family is everyone's business -- not just people in the UK, but people all over the world. That has to get exhausting! 

  • Questionable Choices

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    This one doesn't just apply to Kate -- it applies to all the famous moms out there. When living in the public eye, total strangers seem to think they have the right to judge her parenting choices. That must have gotten really old really fast.

  • Smile & Wave

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    Kate spends a lot of her time smiling and waving -- and she's gotta keep that smile on her face, no matter what. Not only do her cheeks probably get tired, but there's a very good chance that she herself gets bored of it.

  • Everybody's Judging

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    After delivering Prince George, her first child, Kate had to publicly present the future king (and her post-baby body) right after giving birth. Not only that, but she's also done the same for Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis' arrivals too. Can you imagine?

  • Snapping Back Fast 

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    Just hours after Kate gave birth to her children, Kate gets up and starts posing for the cameras. Um, isn't she probably still wearing a diaper at that point? We'd love it if this lady would have the chance to get the rest and privacy she needs, but such is life as a member of the royal family.

  • All Dressed Up

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    A princess's life: endless events, endless parades, always in heels. Although Kate's been known to sport a stylish pair of flats now and then, most of her life is spent in heels. If she has a secret to staying comfortable while wearing uncomfortable shoes, she should probably share with the class! 

  • So Many Hats

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    Another day, another big uncomfortable hat. It's hard to say if Kate wears so many hats because she likes them or because it's just the way a royal lady accessorizes. Whether they're comfortable or not, at least she looks good in them.

  • Entourage

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    There's no popping in the car to run an errand when you're a royal. There's always an entourage -- and that has to make doing even the simplest things difficult, especially with children. At least there's the added benefit of having the peace of mind that comes with a security detail?

  • Silly Gifts

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    Although it's sweet that so many people want to give the duchess gifts, how does she send a thank you note for all the silly stuff? Then again, this is Kate we're talking about -- we wouldn't be shocked if she's mastered the art of just about any kind of correspondence, especially thank you notes.

  • Rain or Shine

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    Rain or shine, a princess must be a princess -- even if she doesn't want to go out in the rain. Most rainy days are perfect for cuddling up with a good book or taking a nap, but it seems like that's not an option for Kate ... especially when she has something already planned. She's such a good sport! 

  • Let's Party

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    Thanks to the fact that people are watching her every move, it's not often that Kate gets the chance to let loose. She has a stressful career and three kids at home -- this lady deserves the opportunity to relax. We hope she finds a way to unwind somehow.

  • Good Sport

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    Even in heels and a short skirt, Kate still has to be a good sport ... and sometimes that means literally playing sports, even when she's not dressed for the activity. If she's not into this kind of stuff, though, we'd never be able to tell. She always looks like she's having the time of her life.

  • Family Photos

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    Not only is Kate famous, but her children are too -- and that means people are always watching them. On one hand, it might be nice to have those candid family photos. But on the other, much larger hand, it has to at least be a privacy concern for her.

  • Staged Family Fun

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    Can't a gal have a snowball fight with her hubby without a bunch of photogs horning in on the moment? Not when she's Kate Middleton, she can't! It seems like she and Will have managed to find ways to have fun together, though, whether or not the prying eyes of the public are watching.

  • Driving Miss Kate

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    Sure, it's nice to be chauffeured around, but sometimes Kate probably just wants to hop behind the wheel and put the pedal to the metal. Not all hope is lost, though! Queen Elizabeth still drives, so if Kate's interested, something could probably be arranged.

  • Feeling Queasy

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    Can you even imagine what it's like to be hospitalized for days for horrendous morning sickness, only to be forced to pose for a photo after barfing? This poor woman. Hyperemesis gravidarum is absolutely no joke, but somehow, Kate's managed to deal with it and fulfill her royal duties each time she's been pregnant. 

  • Faux Pas

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    All eyes are always on Kate's fashion choices. Sometimes that's a good thing -- but sometimes it's not. More often than not, Kate's style is on point, but if she ever makes a fashion misstep, unfortunately, it's captured forever ... and total strangers are going to have something to say about it.

  • Prim & Proper

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    Under that grin, poor Kate probably just wants to kick her heels off and slip into something more comfortable. It can't be easy to look that polished all the time, but somehow, she's managed to master the art. Good for her! 

  • Public Trantrum

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    It's bad enough for regular moms when the kids melt down in public. But imagine the pressure Kate must feel as a royal mum when one of her little ones loses it. Most of the time, we see her being very sweet to her kiddos, but the moment does eventually come where they need to be reprimanded in front of cameras. 

  • Caught Off Guard

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    Nobody looks picture perfect all the time, but poor Kate has to worry about the paparazzi capturing her every move -- even the unflattering ones. The good news is that fans who love Kate tend to be very forgiving. And honestly, unflattering pics of Kate are hard to come by! 

  • In Charge

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    When Kate was there to support sis Pippa at her wedding, she was in charge of all of the children. Instead of being a regular bridesmaid and dancing at the reception, even then, Kate had duties to attend to. Pippa's lucky to have her! 

  • Never Satisfied

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    Kate has already produced three precious little royal heirs, but at every turn, somebody is inquiring about when she'll have the next one. Must get kinda old after awhile -- especially since total strangers seem to think that they have the right to speculate about the status of her womb.

  • No Date Nights

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    Have you ever heard of these two going out for dinner and a movie? Nope. Every time they're in public, it's for some sort of royal engagement. We hope that eventually, Will and Kate will be able to find some private time together, for the health of their relationship. They deserve it! 

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