Kate Middleton’s friends ‘taken aback’ after she asked to be called a new name – ‘Jokey’
The Duchess of Cambridge was still William’s girlfriend in 2008 when she allegedly sent a few emails to her friends asking for a special favour. Born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, the mother of three went by Catherine at Marlborough College but it was shortened to Kate when she started St Andrew’s.
Kate and William first met at the university and started dating while they were studying, so he likely called her Kate like everyone else.
However, according to columnist Adam Helliker in the Sunday Express, when Kate felt like things were getting serious with William, she asked her friends to stop using her nickname.
He wrote: “With Prince William’s engagement now a surefire certainty, there are intriguing signs that Kate Middleton is preparing for her future role.
“It looks like she’s taking it very seriously indeed too.
“I hear that in the past few weeks the former accessories buyer has quietly informed friends that she would like to drop the informal ‘Kate’ and in future wishes to be known by her full name: ‘Catherine.’”
One friend reportedly told Mr Helliker: “Everyone knows it’s about to happen with Kate and William, but we were a little surprised about the request to call her Catherine.
“There is a distinct feeling she has started to become very aware of her position.”
In the Sunday Express article, royal expert Daniela Elser said Middleton’s friends were “a little taken aback” by the request, even though it was made in a “gentle” and “very jokey” manner.