What's Kate Got That Diana Didn't?
She's got an easy confidence—and a better groom
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 29, 2011 2:53 AM CDT
Kate Middleton, right and her sister Pippa, react to the crowds gathered outside the Goring Hotel in London, Thursday April 28, 2011, ahead of her wedding to Britain's Prince William on Friday April 29.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
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(Newser) – We've seen it all before: the pomp, the circumstance, the beautiful bride marrying her prince. Then it all went horribly wrong. Why should we expect anything different this time? Royal watchers say it all comes down to Kate and her confidence. Kate's older, more sophisticated, already more press-savvy than 19-year-old shy, virginal Diana on her wedding day. Diana was isolated, without her mother or sisters, during her wedding preparations, and "wasn't terribly grounded," recalls one of her bridesmaids. Diana's body language was "very closed. You could see she wasn't comfortable with the cameras," explains an ABC News correspondent. "You'd see her looking down," with her hair "covering her eyes, because she didn't want to be photographed."

Kate, on the other hand, already exudes a royal ease. "Even when she's just out shopping, she's smiling," notes the ABC correspondent. "She's flicking her hair, she's very aware of her presence, she's very aware of her effect on the cameras and she does it incredibly well. That took Diana years to master." Another difference is the groom. The stuffy, reluctant, much older Charles was chatting up mistress Camilla Parker Bowles even as his wedding preparations were underway, while Williams appears completely smitten with his Kate, say observers. Who knows? This time, the bride might live happily ever after.