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Prince William and Kate Middleton are seen as the “perfect” royal couple, but behind closed doors they “have terrible rows where they throw things at each other” according to royal author Tom Quinn.
The stress of being constantly surrounded by Palace aides can sometimes be too much for the pair, Quinn explains in his new book Gilded Youth: An Intimate History of Growing Up in the Royal Family.
He says Palace staff can tell when William is “cross” with his wife because he will tend to call her "darling" in a tone of voice that portrays his "signs of annoyance”.
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Quinn says in his book that "Kate is very much the calm one," while William can be “a bit hotheaded".
“We see an example of that in Harry’s book,” he told Fox News. “Kate is very level-headed. She’s the one who will pour oil on troubled waters and go ‘Let’s not stir things up’.”
Kate’s ability to ignore it when she’s being criticised gives her an advantage, compared to Meghan Markle, Quinn says.
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When Meghan saw critical stories about her in the press “she complained that it was unfair, it was unkind, it was horrible…”
But in Kate’s case, Quinn says: “She ignored it. She’s very wise for it. And I think when she gets into any rows with William, she does the same – she just ignores it.”
Being able to ignore little annoyances – like William’s private nickname for her – enables Kate to fit in with the royals where Meghan struggled.
A Palace source revealed to Quinn that while the Princess of Wales simply calls her husband “babe”, he tends to refer to her as the "Duchess of Doolittle” in reference to a comment made by the late Queen in 2011 about Kate not having a proper job.
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And fitting in with the royals is important top Kate, Quinn writes.
The daughter of two British Airways flight attendants who made their fortune with a mail-order business selling supplies for children's parties "wants to escape her middle-class childhood,” he writes.
Kate “wouldn’t dream of taking her children to McDonald’s and she doesn’t rock the boat when the vast weight of traditional royal pursuits bears down on their children,” he adds.
He describes how Kate was "was reduced to tears" when she first went out hunting with William’s family, "but she accepts that if the royals do it, then she must live with it".
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