Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:15:00 GMT | By AFP

Royal baby: Mother-to-be Kate faces Diana comparisons

Diana's human touch made her a potent symbol; she was described as the "people's princess" and said she wanted to be "queen of people's hearts"


Royal baby: Mother-to-be Kate faces Diana comparisons (© Reuters)

London: As Prince William's wife Catherine prepares to give birth to a new heir to the throne, she faces renewed comparisons with her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, whom she never met.

The former Kate Middleton only met her prince four years after Diana's untimely death, but William gave her his mother's sapphire ring on their engagement, saying "it was right to put the two together".

Despite the popularity of the young royals, Catherine, 31, has at times been compared unfavourably to the late princess, who seduced the public with her outspokenness and glamour.

One columnist even called her "Diana lite".

Diana's human touch made her a potent symbol; she was described as the "people's princess" and said she wanted to be "queen of people's hearts".

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