“Especially in the face of William’s horror of bringing Kate into the same circus that he watched his mother suffer.
“Sophie’s formula does appear to have been copied by Kate too as – so far – she has managed to tread the very fine line of creating interest that is positive but not unmanageable.”
The two royal ladies may get on well, but Sophie still made the decision to take a step back after the birth of Prince George.
Kate and William welcomed their first child, Prince George, on July 22, 2013.
Speaking in an unearthed interview shortly after his birth, Sophie explained she was excited by the news.
When asked how she felt, she explained: “I feel ridiculously happy actually, so excited for them both. It’s a wonderful event.
“Everybody is absolutely thrilled, as you can imagine. As I say, I feel ridiculously happy for them.
“I never expected to feel quite this happy but I’ve had a big smile on my face ever since the news broke.”
“Having had babies myself, I know that you really want to close down the hatches and be together with your immediate family in the first few days and weeks,” the Countess added.
“So, I hope to be able to see the baby sometime soon but no plans as yet.”
Sophie explained she made the decision to step back to let Kate and Prince William enjoy time with their newborn child.
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.