Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Blokeish Heir and His Girl with Cindy Crawford Hair

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Blokeish Heir and His Girl with Cindy Crawford Hair

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Byline: Sarah Sands

FINALLY the couple who have been on the run from the media ever since they met came in from the cold.

Kate Middleton, or Catherine as we must now learn to call her, has been photographed thousands of times but this was the first time we could examine her.

The obvious point is that she is stunningly pretty, with eyes the colour of her engagement ring, Cindy Crawford hair and a model's figure. My teenage son, who has not followed the romance closely, asked why she was known as weighty Katey when she is actually thin.

With her beguiling mix of diffidence and determination, Kate dismissed one of the most repeated myths about her, that she kept a poster of Prince William on her dormitory wall at Marlborough College. It was actually a picture of the Levi's model.

She had not waited that long after all. It was also a moment of separation between her and her late mother-in-law. Lady Diana, as she was, did keep a photograph at school of her future husband.

In the poignant juxtaposition of engagement photographs, Diana, who was 19, looks like a child posing as an adult whereas Kate, aged 28, has polish and confidence.

For those of us of Diana's generation, yesterday's engagement interview was full of bitter-sweet nostalgia. It was a charming moment when Kate stumbled that she wished she had met William's mother, because she was clearly an inspirational woman.

William nodded, eyes down, and viewers experienced a flashback of the two boys walking behind their mother's coffin. The symbol of his mother's life was the engagement ring on Kate's finger. At first one draws breath. The ring is associated with an unhappy marriage and a shocking death. It is all the more moving that William dares produce it as a sign of healing and redemption. Or as he put it, he didn't want his mother to "miss out on all the excitement". …

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