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Why Diana would have adored Kate; KATE'S DIANA QUALITY.

Byline: Dean Rousewell

BESOTTED Prince William fell for Kate because she has all the qualities of his mother Princess Diana.

Biographer Andrew Morton said Kate "nurtures and supports William" as well as "giving him the stability he needs". William and his brother Harry's mother was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 aged 36. The two boys speak often about her - and they are happy to carry on the charity work she was involved with. Diana remains a big part of their lives.

Mr Morton added: "William has been looking for someone to replace his mother.

"He comes from a broken home and an acrimonious divorce - as did Diana. Psychologically he wants to break the pattern. Kate has shown persistence, loyalty and patience. I think they have a great chance of breaking the cycle."

Mr Morton, who developed a close relationship with tragic Diana in the 1990s, said the Princess of Wales would have fitted in more with the Middletons than the House of Windsor.

Diana was an aristocrat but Mr Morton said: "She never really liked the aristocracy or their pursuits. She would have loved Kate and the Middleton family.

"She was a metropolitan princess. Diana would have loved joining the Middletons for holidays and enjoyed their steady, stable family life." Although Diana would have welcomed the family, Mr Morton said one aspect of the wedding would have made her furious - Camilla Parker Bowles.

He added: "The ceremony was pitch-perfect. Diana would have loved it but I don't think she would have been overly impressed by the fact Camilla was one of the witnesses.

"In fact it would have had her spitting feathers."

Diana was well known for her rocky relationship with senior royals and often clashed with them during her marriage to Prince Charles - and after the couple were divorced.

Mr Morton said: "Inside the Royal Family Diana was not the most popular member. Her life, her death, caused more issues and confrontations than any royal since Edward VIII and the abdication crisis in the 1930s.

"They like people who won't create many waves. Diana created waves."

Although William is influenced by his mother, in particular with his charity work, Mr Morton believes his father Prince Charles has had a big influence on the young man.

He added: "Everyone wants to see Diana in Prince William but there's an awful lot of his father in him too. He's a real Windsor.

"William has the Windsor stance. He's a far more phlegmatic character than Diana ever was.

"Harry is more of a Spencer than William, far more devil-may-care. He's the guy to liven up a party."

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NURTURED: William with Diana in 1987 A FUTURE TOGETHER William and Kate's love has defied the doubters INFLUENCE: Wills has taken Diana's charity mantle

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 15, 2011
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