Does Kate Middleton Deserve to Be 'Humiliated' by the Queen?

Kate Middleton and Queen

Kate Middleton, we truly love ye. Your grandmother-in-law? Different story. Hers is a tough love. Really tough.

The new Life & Style cover story claims Kate is being "humiliated" by Queen Elizabeth. What it's referring to is the Queen's recent revision to some royal rules and guidelines and other mumbo jumbo forcing poor Kate to have to curtsy before any other princesses who were born into the family. You know -- blood princesses like Princess "What Crazy Hat Will I Wear Today?" Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and a whole bunch of others I'm sure you've never heard of.

There is an exception, though. Take heart, Kate. You don't have to drop to your knees before snotty women who are younger and sillier than you -- as long as your husband Prince William is at your side.

Ouch. Did we just step back to 1895?

Gossipmongers make it sound like the Queen is insanely jealous of popular, poised, beautiful Kate Middleton and changed the curtsy rules in the Royal Household's Order of Precedence out of spite.

But maybe, possibly, the Queen might have a point here. The whole special thing about the royal family is that you're born into it. That's how you get to wear a tiara and do that beauty pageant wave and be an unofficial head of state and live in a palace and all that. Either that, or you can go Kate and her late mother-in-law Diana's route and marry a prince.

So what if Kate has to show respect for the blue bloods every time she sees them? I mean, sure, it does sound suspect if it's true that Queen Elizabeth actually did change it recently -- and maybe it was to keep her grandson's wife in her place. But that's what royals do. They go around puffing themselves up and acting very important and adhering to strange antiquated rules of yore. They even use words like "yore." It would be weird if they were suddenly down-to-earth and reasonable. And compared to what Diana had to deal with when she was married to Will's dad Prince Charles, Kate's run-ins with the Queen seem like child's play.

Do I think it's fair or nice of the Queen to do this to Kate? No. It's kind of petty. But is it the worst thing in the world? No. Kate's smart and classy. She knew what she was getting into when she signed on to be a princess. I'm sure it's a major challenge sometimes, but she wanted this life and if anyone can handle it, she can. Extra curtsies and all.

Do you think the Queen is jealous of Kate Middleton? Do you even care?

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It's just the way the monarchy is.

Heather Duso Johnson

I think it's rather petty but I guess she was probably forced to do this during the 9 years they were dating, so maybe it won't be so bad.  It's kind of silly since they are family now, but as JAFE said, it's the monarchy.

nonmember avatar Samantha

She should just deal and curtsy to them for now, because she will probably be queen one day and then everyone will have to curtsy to her.

DebaLa DebaLa

Hm, I wonder how the subject even came up... and does Camilla have to do this too?

SO glad we don't have a monarchy here. It's the 4th of July, and my daughter's adapting LMFAO's lyrics to "I'm American and I know it..." Amazingly observant AND hi-larious. And QE2's concerned with curtseys? Just a reminder why we ran away from home...

Yay... God Bless Us! And Happy 4th!


HRH "I kneel, bend, dip, curtsey for no one"

t0vanal t0vanal

What if she just didn't do it?  She's already in so what could they do?

Maias... MaiasMommy619

Of course I care...I care deeply!!!!!

That was sarcasm btw.

the4m... the4mutts

Do I care? Not a whit.

This is one more reason, I'm proud to be an American. I don't have to give a crap what some queen in another country is doing, because their petty protocall doesn't effect free people! :p

My6Rock My6Rock

No, I don't think Queen Elizabeth is jealous, but the crazy hat girls are! Perhaps the Queen is becoming a bit senile and someone slipped the ludicrous idea into her addled brain. As if this matters in our day and age. Who knows, but I hope Kate has a long memory, lol.

nonmember avatar Minni

Love how you're making this out like it's some huge new thing. It isn't. Kate is a Duchess. Beatrice and Eugenie are Princesses of the Blood. In the grand order of things (Which has been around much longer than the Windsors) Princess outranks Duchess. Therefore Duchess reverances Princess. However there is also such a thing as "sphere of influence" where you reverance the highest ranking person around you and no one else. If Kate is with Will, he is the highest (Assuming Her Majesty or Prince Charles isn't there) so she would be in his sphere of influence and not reverance anyone lower ranking than him. This official order of things is right and proper in the royal world. When she is Queen of Great Britain she will reverance no one, aside from her husband on the day of his coronation.

*Reverance is the general term for bow, curtsey, prostrate, kow-tow.... all forms of lowering ones self to their social 'superior'.

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