Ever since having the international spotlight shone on her in college, royal mama-to-be Kate Middleton has been the subject of gossip galore. The whole world is fascinated by not only who she has become but how she's ended up where she is today, married to Prince William and about to give birth of a future heir to the throne! It's no wonder that over the years, that gossip and fascination has lead to a sort of "mythology" about the Duchess of Cambridge's rise.
Here, six myths about the Duchess and the truth behind each one ...
1. MYTH: Kate's always been a social climber who targeted Prince William from the beginning, because she wanted to become a royal.
TRUTH: Biographer Marcia Moody, whose book Kate comes out October 1, recently told Celebuzz, "I really don't think she was in love with the idea of being royal. While other female students [at St. Andrew's] would wait for William outside lectures and stumble up to him on nights out, Kate was actually embarrassed when she first met him and didn't say much. And they both dated other people to begin with - they were friends for over a year before they got together. ... I think they are both with each other for entirely the right reason - they are in love."
2. MYTH: Carole Middleton encouraged her daughter to attend St. Andrew's instead of Edinburgh (where she was originally supposed to go) after finding out William was headed there.
TRUTH: Moody calls this "complete fabrication." She admits, "Carole always seems to get a bad rap, and I really don't know why ... She's a pretty amazing woman -- starting up her own business from scratch and raising three children at the same time, and she didn't have any formal child care." As for the school switcharoo story, Moody explains, "Kate would have accepted her offer to St. Andrews early in the year, while William's team didn't announce that it was where he would be attending until much later in the year."
3. MYTH: Kate doesn't really seem invested in her charity work; she only does it to keep up appearances.
TRUTH: Moody argues that the Duchess has "one hundred percent dedication to her role. She has ... totally submerged herself in her charity patronages, doing all her own research before deciding which ones to take on - everyone I spoke to at her charities was impressed with the depth of research, and the commitment she was offering them." Awesome!
4. MYTH: The first member of the middle classes to marry a future king, Kate is a "commoner."
TRUTH: The Middletons have had ties to royalty for generations. Hugh Lupton, the brother of her father Michael Middleton’s great grandfather, was Lord Mayor of Leeds, and with his wife Isabella, the Lady Mayoress, entertained Princess Mary, who had the title Princess Royal, and her husband Lord Harewood on more than one occasion in the 1920s.
5. MYTH: Kate's "cold, dull, and serious."
TRUTH: If anything, she's a bit shy. "She has overcome extreme nerves about stepping into the public arena," Moody says. "Whenever I have seen her she has a fantastic way with people - she is warm, friendly and interested in everyone. Like William and other members of the family, each person that she speaks to feels like they have her undivided attention whether it it just for one minute or for five or more."
6. MYTH: Kate is always seen laughing with Prince Harry, so they must be flirting!
TRUTH: Funny one, right? Moody laughs at this assertion, too, explaining, "Kate and Harry get on brilliantly and they are very fond of each other, but to suggest anything more is ludicrous!"
What do you believe? What's the wildest myth about Kate you've heard?
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