30 year old Kate, who has never held down a real job, now wants the 'quiet life'. You're gonna be Queen one day, bitch, so you better get your ass in gear. She's no Diana, that's for sure.
While Kate was on one of her first major charity engagements and Prince William had had a sleepless night after working a long shift as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, the appearance of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a childrenâs cancer ward on Thursday looked anything but strained.
But behind the obvious success of such a visit lies a real dilemma for the Royal Family. As all their advisers are acutely aware, Britainâs new golden couple are currently walking a tightrope between trying to maintain the privacy and normality of their daily lives while having become dazzling uber-celebrities.
William has told the Queen that he is desperate not to be considered as a senior Royal quite yet; that he wants to keep up his real-world job as a search-and-rescue pilot, with all the flexibility that necessitates.
For the moment, the RAF, rather than his Royal future, is the focus. In a rare interview with the Mailâs Robert Hardman last week, the 29-year-old Flight Lieutenant seemed happy not to consider any new Royal role for the moment.
As Iâm flying in my helicopter through the mountains of Wales,â he said, âI try desperately hard not to think about it. That can wait until Iâm a bit older.â
He is seeking to be promoted to Captain, but is also unable, and unwilling, to forgo all his Royal duties and the accompanying media fanfare. Anyway, it is too late for that.
For Kateâs part, although she has no other job to juggle with her Royal duties, she feels the split just as keenly. But most of the time, for now, she can play at not being royal.
She can be a military housewife in windy Anglesey, waiting for William to return from RAF missions; she can be her old shopping self in West London, mooching around Topshop in Kensington High Street and going to her favourite hairdresser, Richard Ward, in Sloane Square. At weekends, she can go to Sloaney weddings with her sister Pippa.
But at some point, she will be expected to do more.
This weekend, it was reported that Kate, a History of Art graduate, is to become a patron of the arts in the not-too-distant future.
Last week, she was given a private tour of the National Gallery by curators, where she would have been able to swot up on her knowledge of Britainâs artistic heritage.
In coming months, sheâs expected to attend meetings with directors and curators at museums and galleries across the country.