Much has been made of the similarities between Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, and Diana, Princess of Wales. Both were rich but fundamentally normal women who fell in love with princes and were whisked off to lives of unimaginable power and privilege. But while one of the two never got her happy ending, the other seemingly has done. And a curious question has been asked over the years concerning the pair: why was Diana referred to as a “Princess,” but Kate is known as a “Duchess?”
Diana had actually spent most of her life before marriage with a title – albeit a fairly minor one. She was given the honor of being named Lady Diana Spencer in 1975 after her father became an Earl. Kate, on the other hand, had no title whatsoever prior to marrying Prince William. And although her family were millionaires thanks to their party decorations business, they weren’t actually members of the British aristocracy.