With the marriage of his sister Princess Madeleine of Sweden to New York financier boyfriend Christopher O’ Neill, there are rumors flying about that the relationship between Carl-Philip and Sofia Hellqvist is about to be made official. Sofia has been eased into increasingly serious and exclusive royal functions and has attended the christening of Crown Princess Victoria’s daughter (Princess Estelle) and the funeral of Princess Lillian as a member of the royal party. Before the wedding, during the engagement appearances, she attended the banns ceremony for Princess Madeleine.

Sofia has led a checkered life, filled with an unconventional, unorthodox lifestyle before she met Prince Carl Philip and settled into a life of charity, taking vacations with him, and recently attending royal events on his arm.

At the age of six she moved with her family to Alvdalen (she was born in Taby) and later moved to study in Stockholm, working as a part time waitress and glamour model to pay the bills. She was voted “Miss Slitz” in 2004 after she did a debut photo-shoot for the men’s magazine Slitz and wore only a bikini bottom and a boa contrictor as a covering for her chest. This photoshoot came back to haunt her in 2010 when she was discovered and made a public debut as the official serious girlfriend of Prince Carl-Philip, which was published by the Swedish tabloid Expressen.

Interestingly, this very photo-shoot led to an offer to participate in the reality show, Paradise Hotel on the TV4 television station. She accepted and made it to the final stage, becoming part of a much publicized ongoing feud with fellow contestant Olinda Castielle. Sofia managed to get rid of her rival when she (Sofia) was granted the opportunity to vote a fellow contestant off the show.

After the 2005 stint on Paradise Hotel, she moved to New York City and studied to beocme a yoga instructor. She gained notoriety in the US tabloid headlines when she was published in a tabloid as being seen making out with US porn star Jenna Jameson during a Las Vegas visit. In 2009 she spent the months between August and October traveling to Ghana to participate in charity work, assisting in building a women’s center.

It was a year later, August 2010 when a courtier of the Swedish royal court, Nina Eldh released a  formal statement released on behalf the palace/royal family. It confirmed the romantic relationship and put the Swedish monarchy on the defense and triggered a large PR crisis because of Sofia’s past history as a soft core porn model and past stint as a contestant in a reality show. They moved into a private estate of the prince’s in Djurgarden, Sweden in April of 2011 and it has been since then their official residence.

The relationship has gone from strength to strength and has not at all weakened, despite the worries of conservatives at the Swedish Court. This impending public relations crisis is similar to that of when Crown Prince Haakon wanted to marry Mette-Marit, a woman for who Haakon threatened to renounce his rights to the throne.

The current Crown Princess of Norway, Mette-Marit was a former drug addict and single mother working as a waitress and picking berries during harvest season, but much was forgiven since she was seen to have been working hard at bettering herself when she met Haakon and she had worked at honest jobs at the time she met him. However, it isn’t just a few risque photos being circulated, but for a potential princess to have lived that as a chosen lifestyle is something else entirely. Often women who choose to get involved in such shady lifestyles are in fact victims of severe abuse.

For Sofia to become an advocate for victims of abuse and exploitation to improve her image (an expected route) and use as her agenda as princess is undermined by the fact that to all accounts Sofia great up in an intact home environment and was surrounded by plenty of opportunities for a solid job that could have led to a straightforward and perfectly respectable career. Instead she chose to start on a shady ‘career’ as a men’s magazine model (while still underage) and continued to live a lifestyle of cohabiting with a man who had a six year old son, spending time in New York to ostensibly open a yoga studio, but instead spent time making out with legendary adult film star Jenna Jameson. There is the possiblity of a morganatic marriage, with Sofia becoming Duchess of Varmland, but not Princess Sofia of Sweden. If a morganatic marriage doesn’t happen, will end up being her official title in Sweden and around the world as representative of the Swedish nation.

The match would be hugely controversial since it could be easily said that Sofia was a soft core pornography model and to have someone with her past titled and considered a delegate of the people of Sweden, there are huge fears that the rest of the world would get the wrong impression. The Swedes are among the liberal and understanding coalition of Scandinavian countries whose populations are more freethinking towards unconventional lifestyles, but there might be a limit and Prince Carl-Philip might have a huge uphill battle.

Since becoming publicly known as his official girlfriend Sofia has lived with the prince in his summer residence and has founded her own small charitable organization to help create recreational facilities in Africa. Since moving in she has become a pampered princess in training and was supposed to become a bridesmaid for the wedding of Princess Madeleine, but ended up an honored guest when it was decided that small children would precede Madeleine to the altar. She gained a prominent amount of coverage and sat closely near the royal family among the other guests.

Royal watchers believe it’s only a matter of time until there is an announcement of an engagement between the two and she will likely end up a newly minted addition to the royal family.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have begun their reluctant transition to move into full royal duties in behalf of the monarchy, but both William and Kate are determined to form their own independent Court away from the control of the Palace to control their private lives as much as possible. Yet, Charles sees this as a threat against his authority as both William’s father and higher royal rank as Prince of Wales while the Queen is wary about whether or not William will be running the ‘court,’ or the Middletons, specifically Carole.  It’s no secret that William relies on her, but his increasing deference to the Middleton family’s desires to have the Cambridge couple seen as more Middleton than Windsor in the way they spend their free time and time they should be dedicating to the public.

It’s no secret that Charles has a Court of his own, but his independent set of courtiers and assistants assist in his active role as the royal equivalent as a CEO of the Prince’s Trust, to handle his public role and balance his public life without conflicting with HM’s schedule and own hobbies. The separate courts have had minor spats, one comical sparring episode consisting of conflict about furniture; Charles was trying to arrange furniture through an emissary and an assistant acting on HM’s authority spent time reprimanding the emissary representing Charles for moving certain items. There was a compromise, but other than that, the relations between the two ‘courts’ have been fairly amicable despite the known differences in lifestyle preferences.

Charles is known to be far grander in both his private life as well as public, while HM is famed for her preference for thrifty simplicity in her private life, but enjoying regal splendor in her role as Sovereign, stinting on nothing to make a regal impression suitable to the role as Queen Regnant. Despite all this, the Sovereign and Heir have gotten along well and there have been no serious issues. In fact, Charles’ court has been a favorable help in his preparation as King; one of the aspects of Sovereign is how to run a court filled with courtiers, assistants, and handling new faces and old friends in a close household setting. Charles is as a result well prepared and he has likely set a precedent for when William is invested as Prince of Wales once Charles becomes King.

The Queen and Charles both have intense work schedules, family life with their consorts, and as a result, are in need of professional space as well as private when they are not there as a family at Balmoral and in the winter holiday, Sandringham. William’s idea of a court of his own with his brother was briefly floated during his years as a bachelor, but William was working in Wales as a Search and Rescue pilot and Harry was serving and has lived with his fellow soldiers on base and Clarence House when he lives outside base. As a family the Wales have successfully worked out a way to keep the number of privately owned royal estates to a minimum, the family living closely, and before the engagement, the princes were about to be launched as a royal working duo and a way to bond the brothers closer together.

A court of their own was possible, but was still being debated over whether or not it would be practical and needed at all. Between the two of them, William and Harry were doing fairly few official engagements and next to none official engagements involving greeting and entertaining heads of state. Harry has had his charitable interests, but the operations have not caused him to need numerous assistants/staff at the palace and the apartments set aside from him in the various royal estates have been sufficient to enable him to make calls and hold occasional meetings to strategize about the goals that the charities need to be met. William has been active with SAR, his social life has always been an important part of his life (due to his gregarious nature inherited from his mother), and when he did do duties, they were light and infrequent; Harry and William managed well and the Queen was wary about multiple courts being formed and then potential conflicts occurring, with each sparring party launching salvos from their own base.

The recent determination of William to suddenly have a private Court of his own has triggered red flags among the courtiers, mainly since there is no practical need for one and there have been frequent, testy encounters between the Queen’s Court and Charles’ Court and the Cambridge family, who with the Middleton family, have been viewed as chronically defying the traditional routine, protocol, and acting without regard to the expectation that because of their senior status, both the Queen and Charles will be consulted about decisions the Cambridges would like to make and defer to the authority of the Queen and Charles. Despite the initial strategy of launching Prince William and Prince Harry as a working royal brotherly duo, it was disrupted by the shocking announcement of William becoming engaged to Kate.

It was initially denied (for yet another time) that there were plans to marry and the courtiers had to figure out a way to integrate Kate into the carefully planned royal brother working duo public relations strategy and injected her name into the originally conceived, developed, and named William and Harry Foundation, to the William, Harry, and Catherine Foundation. William hadn’t properly established himself as an independent individual working royal and it was believed that to have Harry at his side would end up with him (William) having the more socially skilled Harry at his side; it would have provided an ideal way for the brothers to bond, get on a healthy track (William and Harry both became notorious for their borderline chaotic nights drunk at the clubs), and start having them take on the load for the senior royals. Courtiers projected that in four or five years, both princes would be well established, with William working when Harry is serving and Harry filling in for William, with both working as often as possible together.

This plan was disrupted and it became extra work for the courtiers to not just adjust a carefully set strategy, but also having to deal with the sudden announcement (that the courtiers were unprepared for) of the engagement and the rapid pace that the courtiers would have to figure out a proper time frame for a royal wedding and deal with the sudden inclusion of a new member. Kate was William’s girlfriend, had been so for the past ten years, but other than that, she was never taken into consideration when official plans were being laid for William’s future. Marriage had become a fixation on Kate’s part, with her mother, Carole, being increasingly fretful about whether or not Kate would be made into an ‘honest woman’ and become William’s bride. After 2007 he had taken her back, but it is not known if there was a promise made or if it is just a myth.

Courtiers knew of the relationship, but they were fairly dismissive of her due to the fact that she was not a member of the royal family and as far as they were aware, not going to be a part of William’s official side of life for a long time, if ever. As 2010 drew to a close (before the announcement) it was believed that William and Harry would be a working team and as active military service drew to a close, William would be eased into his role of second in line under the tutelage of Charles when Harry wouldn’t be available. Yet, the announcement of the engagement caused a complete destabilization of these plans and as a result, it upset the entire plan that was projected to develop and if done properly, would put William in a position to start seriously considering marriage. It caused the courtiers to have to face a mountain of work and deal with fresh duties in addition to their usual ones in their day-to-day routine.

The wedding preparations required William to be away from base and he spent all his time in London preparing for the wedding, talking with his future sister in law Pippa and going over a lot of the rehearsals with Kate and the people who were selected to be part of the official wedding party. Kate was then required by the royals to move back to Berkshire, to get away from the noise and bustle of London while the preparations were underway; initially Kate moved herself into Clarence House, but it was mooted by Charles due to a lack of preparation (staff had not been told ahead of time that she would be living in Clarence House) and to end up causing less strain on London City police resources. During this time any planned appearances scheduled for the brothers had to be scrapped and there was mild antagonism on the part of those who expected the brothers to make appearances at their organizations.

After the wedding, the couple briefly stopped in Wales, but then went to their honeymoon in the Seychelles and returned home to England and William attempted to get back to military life, but things had changed. Because his marriage generated substantial interest in the newly married couple, William and Kate made a few appearances, but then toured Canada and then Los Angeles, California; it attracted great interest, but courtiers were beginning even at that early stage that the newly minted ducal couple were not being practical over their choice of destination, but were instead beginning to assert themselves for the sake of being in control, but not thinking of the monarchy and nation. Calgary was both fun and had an attachment to Kate and Canada is a country that is considered as much on the verge of breaking away as Australia, but the decision to go to Los Angeles was considered of debatable importance.

Ostensibly it was so William, newly anointed President of BAFTA, could meet with British entertainers while promoting cooperation between the American and British entertainment industry, but the guest list consisted of mainly American celebrities who have been considered more notorious than famous. Several of the entertainers were in fact out of work for several years and it was considered a fairly anticlimactic event. It rattled the cages of courtiers who had been trying to move the royal family away from the celebrity oriented red carpet image that was introduced by Prince Philip and reinforced by both the late Princess of Wales and ex-Duchess of York, mainly to stabilize the family and dynastic dynamics and ensure a lack of scandal that celebrates are prone to. William had asserted himself in his desire to show Kate around Los Angeles and indulged the Duchess’s desire to meet the handful of legends that did agree to greet the Duchess.

Since coming back the Cambridges have been embroiled in a series of scandals and minor family spats, spats which have resurrected the fears of many courtiers of a new set of family feuds, feuds thought to have been buried with Diana. Kate has been having problems integrating into the royal structure, being borderline unwilling to respect the set protocol and has avoided the traditional family gatherings that enable the royal family to spend time together after so many months apart due to work schedules and other commitments. William in particular is causing concern since he’s become almost entirely alienated from the royal family in his determination to assert himself in what he sees as protecting his wife from the same protocol that he believes caused his mother to become sick and run headlong into self destruction, culminating in a car crash in Paris. Despite assertions in the media that Kate is helping William deal more effectively with his paranoia with the media, the concern in the royal household is that Kate is enabling his unhealthy paranoia about his family and courtiers.

Kate has compounded this alienation by determinedly seeing her family as often as possible, showing a preference for family life instead of the life of a royal duchess. It’s increasingly exasperating the court, who admire her closeness, but see it as a developing dependency reminiscent of when she would retreat to her family home during times of crisis (involving William and at times the media) and it was a source of amusemnt during the years of dating, but has become a source of additional expense in paying for security to guard her at the newly acquired Berkshire home of her family, dubbed “Middleton Manor” in the mainstream press and tabloids. William ends up going to the manor almost as often, sometimes to enjoy weekends that turn into a full week’s stay or he goes to bring her back to the palace, but ends up being convinced to stay himself until both are practically ordered to return to the palace by the royal family. “Kate has been having the best of both worlds, but at palace expense and has wasted a lot of time that would be better used dedicating herself to her new duties,” whispers one palace source, one of the many palace staff who are tired of planning the royal schedules around Kate’s trips to her family; “Diana is constantly used as a justification, but the royal family has been tired of the constant comparisons mainly since the royal family is tired of hearing about Diana in general.”

The alienation and his assertion of his rights as future king have unsettled Charles, who despite having had problems with Diana, he adores his sons and William made him proud, seeing his son go to school and university, living as a fairly ordinary student. Initially Charles had substantial say over where William would live and how he would end up living (since Charles was paying the bills for the Cambridge’s living expenses), but since William came into his inheritance from Diana, William has distanced himself even further from his family, confusing his father and making Charles wonder if whether or not William is becoming as ill as Diana was. Diana’s problems weren’t seen as hereditary, but it is beginning to frighten even the Queen who was witness to many fits and chaotic outbursts and the courtiers are afraid that William is proving to be increasingly unstable. As he started St. Andrews William seemed to be easily moving along beyond the past, but since the engagement the palace have been seeing worrying signs that he is regressing into the same mindset of the untrusting adolescent he used to be as a child before his St. Andrews years.

Kate is not at all in any way like Diana, not just because she is an untitled commoner, but also because Kate had been used to the spotlight for ten years during her occasionally rocky relationship with William. During the past ten years Kate was often photographed, but her responses were contradictory, ranging from smiles, solemn disinterest, to outright demands for injunctions and frequent threats of lawsuits. The palace managed to keep out of the fray, despite the odd occasional request that the palace ask for security for Kate and her family members. The palace refused, but it only resulted in William distancing himself even more from the palace. Since the development of his own life as a husband and father, he has been trying to bring the Middletons more into royal life in official roles (he even looks at Michael as a surrogate secondary father and Carole as his surrogate secondary mother), but it has been refused on the grounds that the Middletons are not qualified and the palace has been trying to work on extricating Kate from Carole’s allegedly domineering control.

Unfortunately these attempts to make Kate more independent of her family and more active in a role of working member of the FIRM, Kate and William have begun to decisively cut themselves off from the Queen’s court and Charles’ court, with the apparent intention of forming their own court and have the Middleton family play a primary role, not just as being part of William’s private life, but part of his official life in official working roles. Kensington Palace is under the control of Her Majesty and has already asserted herself by telling the ducal couple under no uncertain terms that the Middletons are not welcome to reside there or participate in running of their official office or participate in the running of their agenda for royal life. Before his marriage the (now deceased) Queen Mother gifted him a lovely cottage on Sandringham grounds, but William is becoming increasingly grand and views his working role in the royal family far more substantial than the senior courtiers who are part of both the Queen’s court and the Wales court view it.

 “William is full of grand ideas and he and Kate think calling the shots in Hollywood is making them major players on the world stage, but it is considered pathetic to the world at large. Government officials and powerful business people have had celebrities dancing to their tunes for decades and William isn’t working enough and he doesn’t have a wide enough range of interests that he dedicates himself to enough to need a court of his own,” states on courtier on condition of remaining anonymous; “Kate hasn’t taken initiative in getting to know people outside of the world of celebrity and royalty and it’s an annoyance since as consort it is considered her job to constructively maintain links with the world outside palace walls, but as a commoner, she was one of the crowd and wasn’t someone who was born to palace life. She has unfortunately taken the mindset of her snooty grandmother and ambitious mother and closed herself off from the public that pays for her lifestyle and she does so little that their official work can easily be handled by members of the Wales staff or Queen’s courtiers.” The Palace has become tired of seeing the ducal couple become so irrelevant in vital areas that the royal family is now mainly featured on the front pages of tabloids, not respectable papers. It’s a huge expense to maintain a court and while William is wealthy, it won’t last forever.

The Middletons are seen as heavily influencing the decision, with their ambitions for social acceptance going nowhere with the dual courts of Charles and the Queen making it clear that they are not welcome, they have already shown themselves as eager to market their way into the elite families. With an independent court of his own, financed by his own money, William can decide to let Carole preside over as a surrogate Queen, with James and Pippa in positions of William’s creation, and Kate in the role of Princess of Wales in waiting and William’s ‘Dad’ Michael as a surrogate King. While Pippa is friends with Earl Percy, she hasn’t had luck in the area of romance and James is in a relationship with Donna air, it hasn’t been what the two siblings of Kate have been hoping for. Pippa was touted as expected to marry a man with a title and estate, while James’ life has been consumed by his work as an entrepreneur, with his cake business regrettably failing and his parents had to cover his overdraft. Despite this, a position as a courtier to William and Kate, no matter how derided by the palace, would enhance James’ resume and give Pippa a substantial position to work on since her book failed and her work for various publications as a columnist has been controversial.

While none of the Middletons can be granted official titles, they have time on their side since William is the future, no matter how rejected they are now and this is considered a power play with a potential threat being sent to the palace from the Middletons, making it clear that while the Queen has the throne, Charles will be next, but William is the future. William for one reason over another has chosen to create a power base, despite the fact that he does not at all have so much work that he needs a substantial staff of his own. William however is increasingly (and irrationally in the eyes of the Court and royal family) asserting his determination to be independent of palace authority and in the past, this would have been considered potentially treasonous as well.

Anmer Hall is likely to be the place for the newly formed court, close to the residence of the Queen, but not so close that the palace can regulate the comings and goings of people and will make it difficult for the palace to properly vet the people William and Kate want to socialize with effectively to prevent criminal personalities from infiltrating the social scene. William was burned in the scandal involving a sex trafficking and drugs, when a reporter working for News of the World conversed with Kate’s Uncle Gary and exposed his illicit life. It also unnerves the Queen at the idea that security officers will have to set up a whole new base of operations to protect the Cambridge family and the idea of the Middletons benefiting from the taxpayer funded protection is a public relations disaster in the making. The courtiers know that money has been a testy area in dealing with the public, but to support security officers for the Middletons to benefit from would likely blow a powder keg into oblivion. The ducal couple have yet to move in, but if William does follow through on his suspected plans, the royal family will end up being split apart with the Cambridges enabled to continue their impulsive actions and the Middletons will end up continuing their grab for more perks and position.

 

     Duchess Kate is suspected of getting too involved in the goings on of Prince Harry’s life! The Duchess is often left on her own while husband William works at the RAF and as a result, she is suspected by the courtiers of being too interested in what is happening in Harry’s life! She came in with the eagerness to start a loving family life with William, yet, despite her intentions, she has in actuality caused royal tongues to eagerly wag as Kate has shown she isn’t as interested in her husband as she seems to be in Harry!

     The past couple of years have been causing Harry and the Royal Family to keep an increasingly wary eye on the Duchess of Cambridge’s ‘over affectionate’ behavior towards Prince Harry and an increasingly unhealthy fixation on Harry’s personal life, specifically his recent serious relationship with Cressida Bonas! The Duke and Duchess are in love and happily married, but Kate’s behavior has gone from someone who has always made sure to include Harry in the proceedings and interaction, to someone who has been inappropriately flirtatious. Kate and Harry got on fine during the wedding ceremony (causing a brief tiff after William quietly told her to stop and pay attention to the ceremony) and the reception/after party, Kate has been noted as crossing lines during the formal engagements/appearances that courtiers are keeping an increasingly wary eye on Kate’s behavior.

     The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married in 2011 and since then, Prince Harry has often been part of their public engagements. Before the engagement announcement it was planned to launch Harry and William as two brothers working jointly to move the monarchy forward, but with the marriage, Kate has had to be squeezed into these plans, including her recent inclusion as one of the founders of the foundation originally conceived and launched by William and Harry. The upshot is that Kate is the one who has had to be made a part of things, something Harry has shown Kate she is welcome to be, but lately Kate has been acting as if it were she and William who thought of and created the foundation, not William and Harry. “She has often been suspected of viewing Harry as someone who needs to be ‘mothered,’ but unlike William Harry isn’t someone who needs to be nurtured or directed by Kate, or her family, which might make William happy, but Harry is more emotionally and psychologically independent and it’s been an annoyance, not a help,” confides a source.

     After the wedding ceremony in 2011 Kate briefly lived in Clarence House until the ducal couple moved to an apartment in Kensington Palace, but insiders state that before the move was announced, the Duchess was in the habit of frequently bursting into the rooms of Prince Harry, which ended up with her coming in to see a friend of his resting in his bed after a wild night out. While she was startled and apologetic (although nothing was happening between the prince and his friend), it ended up causing Harry to become fed up with what he viewed as an uncomfortable and chronic disruption of his quiet time when he needed to rest. His charity work is a focus and he frequently holds meetings in his office at St. James or apartments at Clarence House with fellow officials and volunteers. Between the time he is required to be on base by his superior officers or kicking back from his brisk social life, Harry has precious little quiet time and Kate was becoming a disruptive factor in his usual routine and the routines of the household.

     Kate had a hard time understanding the strict boundaries of how the royal family, although they live together, make it a point to respect the quiet times and schedules of each member and the royals make it a point to avoid possibly disrupting the concentration if work is being conducted. Plans were for the ducal couple to live in Clarence House with the intention of establishing Kate as a member of the family, but it was Charles (possibly prompted by Camilla and various courtiers) to suggest that William and Kate make their own establishment at Kensington Palace. As an incentive, the couple was granted full permission from the Queen to select any area of Kensington Palace to use as their own residence, for both official and personal use. Kate chose the former apartments of Princess Margaret, causing a charity to move and substantial modern decorative renovations to be conducted at taxpayer expense.

     Since they started making appearances as a trio Kate has made it a point to show Harry that he too is a part of the event, just as much as the ducal couple are, but it has annoyed William since as a Prince of the Blood, Harry doesn’t need Kate to make him a significant player on the royal scene. Insiders suspect that while Kate considers herself in a position to help Harry, Kate is forgetting that she is a royal duchess because of her marriage and not through birth and there is no reason for her to think Harry needs her help. It’s been considered a form of minor usurpation in the place of the relationship between William and Harry, which has been increasingly distant and formal, not the close bond they had years before. Kate has been taking up a significant amount of William’s time and attention and Harry is annoyed at how when William isn’t there, Harry is often recruited to essentially baby-sit Kate and keep her amused.

      The problem with her behavior became public when she was viewed by millions as flirting with Harry, touching his chest as her hair flew around her eyes, making her look more than sisterly towards Harry while William apparently tried to ignore the line crossing in front of him. As a prince he maintained public composure, but it was behind closed doors that he gave full vent to his anger at Kate. “He was disconcerted at how she was flirting so brazenly with Harry and it humiliated him that she wasn’t as composed as she should have been,” states an insider, “and he asked her what on earth she was thinking behaving as she did.” Kate supposedly swore it was innocent playfulness, but William told her to chill out and start acting like his wife, not like a teenybopper fan who couldn’t believe she was so close to a pop idol. Harry was publicly blamed by the press, which only caused more tension in the royal household during family gatherings, which has caused strain between family relations and the ducal couple in particular.

     Another problem has been in the area of Harry’s romantic life; it became a fertile ground for speculation as Harry seemed to single out Pippa for his focus of attention on the day of the 2011 wedding and it sparked a wildfire of intense interest in the press as to whether or not the festive flirting would result in a relationship between the two. Pippa was in a relationship with Alex Loudon, a handsome young man who had been a steady boyfriend, but it ended up becoming strained as Pippa became a global pop culture icon and the reserved Loudon had difficulties dealing with Pippa’s interest in her fame, more than she was interested in him. Pippa’s receptiveness to Harry’s jovial flirtation cause humiliation for Loudon, which was compounded by Pippa’s suspected chasing of Earl Percy, while at the same time Pippa wasn’t denying rumors of a budding romance with Harry. Kate became intrigued at the possibility and reportedly tried to get Pippa hired as her official lady in waiting, a move that would put Pippa in close frequent proximity with Harry, but it was dismissed by the palace immediately and that plan was squashed.

     Just after the marriage Kate was rumored to have been viewing lists of eligible young women and going over them, deciding which one would be a suitable match for Harry, igniting a fury among the families of the young ladies in question. It was seen as if Kate were inspecting the potential young ladies the way a person inspects horses before deciding to purchase. Given that Kate is a duchess by marriage, not even an aristocrat by birth, it first unsettled and has caused outrage. “They (the families) don’t see Kate as qualified to make any decisions about anyone and least of all decide which aristocrat or princess is suitable. Kate is after all, a commoner who didn’t even have any court connections before marriage and spent ten years chasing after William via clubs after only gaining his full attention after walking down a catwalk in lingerie, not exactly suitable by any standard to judge anyone as qualified to marry into the royal family or not,” snaps one society matron, echoing the sentiments of many of the courtiers.

     Harry publicly denied the possibility of him being involved in any romance at the time (he had just broken up with longtime girlfriend of several years Chelsy Davy) and he announced that he was “100 % single,” which was seen by Kate and her family as a public slap in the face to Kate’s romantic maneuverings. Promoting Pippa as a possible match was seen by the Court as Kate’s first attempt to direct Harry’s personal life in which she would decide who he would date and possibly marry. Despite the pressure from various tabloids to date Pippa and make Pippa a duchess (pulling off a ‘double duchess’ social coup that would thrill Carole Middleton), Harry has remained steadfastly uninterested and as a result, it was in fact the first signal that Kate wasn’t going to just sit around and do as she was told by the royal family and was going to exercise what influence she had as William’s wife in any way she saw herself as her right as wife of the future King of Britain.

     Harry has continued to lead a fairly independent life as a prince and soldier, combining his determination to serve his country and serve as a soldier (concluding two tours in Afghanistan) and work on his charities as patron and founder and has recently been maintaining a controversial romance (no one can conclude for sure if it is romantic or friendly) with aristocrat Cressida Bonas. Yet again, Kate is meddling because she dose not view Cressida as suitable and there is a wary, developing cold war between Kate and the York princesses (who have disliked her since Kate humiliated Beatrice some years ago at a charity skating event by not telling Beatrice the dress code); Eugenie has worked at getting Harry and Cressida together and Cressida is part of the social set that has kept its distance from Kate, even after she became a royal duchess in 2011. Kate keeps viewing Cressida as a bad influence, worse than Chelsy, but Harry is determinedly keeping Kate’s borderline controlling ways at bay, successfully keeping Kate out of his life, but Kate still shows that she refuses to accept that it’s not her business to run his life.

     What compounds the issue of Cressida to Kate is how despite her title and standing as newly made mother of the future King, is how the aristocracy (of which Cressida is a part of) continues to determinedly keep a distance. No aristocrats have been interested (or been able to convince to serve) in becoming a lady in waiting for Kate and none of them are interested in working for the ducal couple’s household.

     During her pregnancy there were rumors that Harry was looking after Kate, running errands and coaching her through training to handle giving birth, but that was exposed as rubbish. Harry has a busy life and is determined not to become a titled flunky, kept around to entertain Kate or provide reassurance that Kate is apparently woefully lacking. Diana had insecurities, but after a decade that has lent the royal family and courtiers wisdom, they view Diana’s insecurities as having been completely natural for someone who was thrown into her life immediately, but at Kate’s age and substantial life experience, has only caused large amounts of exasperation and courtiers have failed to convince William to put an end to coddling Kate and make her do her duty. It’s a source of major frustration among the court that the engagements the older royals are increasing in scope and amount, but Kate is decreasing her duties and still failing to do her job properly. “She has all the time and energy to shop and travel and meddle in Harry’s life, but she isn’t energetic enough to work and hasn’t bothered to remember all she was taught during her engagement and post wedding adjustment period” seethes an enraged member of royal staff.

     “Kate is making the mistake of believing that just because she has the title, that she automatically has authority over various members of the royal family by right of her marriage and has caused some hotheaded arguments between the royals. The royal family doesn’t directly attack Kate overtly, but she is resented because she is seen as forgetting her place in the pecking order. Despite her future as Queen consort, the born members of the royal family remind her in little ways that they aren’t going to defer to her in any area,” states one insider who works at the palace. Yet, she seems determined to carry on her agenda to interject her influence into Harry’s personal life choices while determinedly dominating his attention during engagements at the expense of supporting her husband.

     Her determination to interfere in Harry’s life has caused more personal chaos the royals have been trying to avoid and her neglect of her duty to make appearances have created a reputation of frivolousness for the duchess that the courtiers are trying to fix. “Kate’s inability to focus on her own work while obsessing over Harry has been causing unprecedented tension in royal family dynamics,” informs an insider. “Kate’s lack of work is triggering a public backlash with the nickname Duchess Doolittle making frequent appearances in the comments section of the newspapers and her lack of charitable involvement has caused debate among her charities about discreetly dropping her as patron.” To be dropped by her charities would be a huge blow to her fragile reputation as a working member of the royal family.

      After an unhappily tumultuous Jubilee year (a disappointing Jubilee and the nude scandal) the RF has been trying to reconnect as a family and avoid scandal, but Kate has been seen among the royal circle and public as ignoring the painful lessons that 2012 should have taught her, to know when to respect royal boundaries and carry on in the professional sphere of royal public life.