Interesting take @amabel. I tend to think Diana had a good brain (whatever that means) but it was not fully exploited by a disciplined formal education and thorough training.have to be a saint not to begin to resent that, especially if the recipient of the adulation would have been nothing without you.
I can see the press trying to do the same with William and Kate but Kate has the benefit of a very involved mum and a very good education. Therefore she can tell the difference between exaggerated eulogy and her own role within an old institution. Diana was very poorly served by her upbringing and it showed later in life. A classic case in point is where she imagined that because she was popular in the tabloids, she could solve the Irish question by "
I don't think that the press gives kate all that much adulation, nothing like what there was for Diana. She doesn't have the magic factor that Di had, nor are the press as deferential now.
I don't think that Di had "a good brain", exactly. I think she ahd normal intelligence, but POSSIBLY, I'm not sure, on the "lower average" side of normal. ANd because she wasn't pushed at school by her parents or teachers, and was let "sit in class and dream" I think, she didn't develop her brain at all. So she came to adulthood with very little mental furniture and then she found ti hard to learn even the not very intellectually demanding stuff that the royal staf felt she should know, to do her job as Princess. and I think that she was embarrassed by her lack of knowledge and refused to read up things because she (perhaps_) felt she could do without it, or because she didn't want the lack of knowledge to be exposed and commented on.
I don't really think her mother or father were much good as parents, but I think that she was let do as she chose a bit too much because botht parents were selfish. Frances SK AND JOhnny Spencer both enjoyed the Publicity they got as parents of the beloved Princess Diana, and didn't really see that they had let her grow up without much discipline or education.
I think that luckly Diana was quick witted, and realised that the job was more interesting if she DID learn ab it more about the charities etc that she worked with, but she still tended to require taking in the info in "bite sized pieces". She didn't have the ability or wish to learn in depth. and she was again luckily self disicplined up to a point, in that she DID do her paperwork promptly, turned up to her engagements on time, had a knack of talking to people and good manners.
but I agree that the Press did exaggerate her smallest achievements and made her a bit exalted in her belief that she had "special powers"...
Re Kate I dotn think she gets that sort of adulation and she's absorbed in her family and her own life, so she's not as prone to read the papers and believe her own publicity...