Earlier, I mentioned that I had never heard Kate Middleton’s voice, and some commenters were good enough to point me in the direction of a few YouTube clips of her saying various things. From those clips, I thought Kate’s voice sounded surprisingly nasal, and it wasn’t what I was expecting at all. Now William and Kate have sat down for their “engagement interview” – and Kate’s voice sounds different. It’s like she’s taken diction classes – she sounds like she’s trying to sound posh. Also – this talking out of the side of one’s mouth thing has got to stop. It’s The Katie Holmes Syndrome. Here are some highlights from the interview clips I could find – the sit-down part of the interview starts at around 6:30…
William on Kate filling his mother’s shoes: “It’s about carving your own future. No one is trying to fill my mother’s shoes.”
Giving Middleton, 28, his mother’s engagement ring “is my way of keeping her close to it all,” he said. His mother was killed in a car crash in 1997, the year after she and William’s father, Prince Charles, divorced.
“I would love to have met her,” Middleton said. “She was an inspirational woman.”
Of their wedding, the prince, 28, said, “Obviously, she is not going to be around to share in the fun and excitement of it all.”
The two appeared more jovial when discussing their engagement and eight-year relationship. The prince revealed that he carried around his mother’s engagement ring in Kenya in a rucksack for three weeks before he popped the question. William said he had been planning to pop the question for a while but added, “As every guy out there will know, it takes time a certain amount of motivation to get yourself going.”
William on becoming a father: “I think we’ll take it one step at a time. We’ll sort of get over the marriage first and then maybe look at the kids. But obviously we want a family so we’ll have to start thinking about that.”
Kate on their 2007 breakup: “Well I think if you do go out with someone for quite a long time you do get to know each other very, very well, you go through the good times, you go through the bad times. I think if you can come out of that stronger and learn things about yourself, it certainly, it’s been a good how many years?”
[From The Mirror]
Does anyone else get the feeling that William wants to make damn sure that Kate doesn’t over-shadow him like his mother always over-shadowed Charles? And Will is partly cute about Kate and the engagement, but he’s also… I don’t know… it’s like he’s still very reticent about all of it. Read the whole interview transcript here.
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