EVA GRIPPA – KATE, LIGHTS AND SHADOWS ON THE FUTURE QUEEN (De Agostini, 224 pp, euro 17) – The power of fairy tales There is no child in the world who did not dream of marrying a prince after reading Cinderella or Snow White.
Catherine Middleton managed to turn her dream, implanted since childhood, into a reality. By marrying Prince William, heir to the throne of England after her father Charles, upon the death of Queen Elizabeth, Kate could become the future Queen. Eva Ghriba, journalist for Repubblica and “Royal Watcher” of emotion, for Kate’s birthday, who is now celebrating 40 years, suggests not an autobiography, but the story of the “breaking up” of an image, the image of the impeccable wife, mother. A queen to be built for public use and consumption. An analysis trying to understand who Katherine Middleton really is before and after the roles she took on: “Kate – Lights and Shadows on the Future Queen,” January 11, 2022. “From the outside, one might think — Alessia Gazzola wrote in the introduction — that Katherine’s life is simple. A strong family behind her, the support and respect of her family (and what a family!), a skilled team of professionals who take care of her public image, almost ecumenical a consensus among people and not only, a horde of servants who relieve her of the most infernal tasks and simplify her modern role as a working mother. There was one certainty that at whatever level there are difficulties, ugly days also, and emotional breakdowns, discussions, disappointments, and headaches are part of every human being’s life.”
Returning to the fairy tales, these tell us that the prince, after determining the chosen one, led that beautiful girl of humble origins to the castle, to make her become a princess with a happy ending. “They lived happily ever after.” However, what the tale does not say is that perhaps the chosen one would have had to get to know him, even risking getting hurt or being alone. Nor does he say that sometimes the girl is not even of modest origin, but the daughter of two ex-employees of British Airways, who later became millionaire entrepreneurs. Nor that life in the castle is a war of positions and that every day the princess has to dodge the blows of the press that would do anything to “put her on the front page”. Kate, the bourgeois girl who became a future duchess and queen, knows these things very well.
However, unlike her sister-in-law Megan, Kate is silent. What do we really know about her, then wonders Eva Graiba, other than official news of a life made up of corporate commitments, gorgeous appearances and family photos? One of us, a rich bourgeois, a modern princess, a loving mother, a clever calculator, a committed wife: Kate’s definitions multiply and get lost, because she is all these things together and none of that. Here then, retracing the first forty years of her life, we discover a woman who has persistently managed to fit into the world’s most complex royal family, but who has also tamed the terrifying British press. Remembering his most impressive clothes, we calculate his economic value for his country and royal brand. Rereading the interviews, we notice little cracks in the perfect facade, between tiring pregnancies, uncertain food problems, and explosive family relationships to say the least. Hovering above her is the ghost of her mother-in-law, Lady Diana, to whom Kate is often compared, and from whom, once queen, she will inherit the “heavy” title of the Princess of Wales. But when the consort’s crown is placed on her perfectly styled brown waves – the author writes – Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, the wife of William, the first bourgeois queen, the first graduate, the first to live together without marriage, the first she really worked (and even for a few pounds), the first to He walked the catwalk in lingerie and ended up upside down in a nightclub in hot yellow pants: all this makes her an interesting figure, far beyond what I was writing about in the news about in the newspapers and the constant and often false confrontation with the late Lady Diana, her mother-in-law that you have never met.
Eva Grappa has been working as a journalist in the Republic of the Republic since 2004. She was born in Rome where she graduated with a Ph.D. in journalism before moving to Milan at the editorial office of Di di Republica. A passionate royal watcher, he has an Instagram profile dedicated to princes, and a newsletter that travels with all the newspapers in the Gedi Collection with news about the royal families every Thursday at Tea Time: The Royality Show. The first biographies of the royal family began with Elizabeth and the others, in which ten women spoke about the real queen. (Dealing).