Fairytale wedding ... but nine out of 10 women wouldn’t want to be Kate Middleton
Some may think she is the luckiest woman in the world, but nearly nine out of 10 women do not envy Kate Middleton, a poll has revealed.
The research suggests that 86% of British women do not envy Prince William's bride-to-be.
Of those, 44% gave the reason as the fact she will not be able to live a normal life, while 18% cited public scrutiny and 10% gave media attention as a reason.
Safety was not a huge concern, with only 2% of women identifying the constant need for security as an off-putting aspect of Miss Middleton's new life.
Of the one in 10 women who did admit to feeling a little green with envy, Miss Middleton's wealth was seen to be the most desirable (27%) — even more than the fact she has a prince in waiting (20%).
The survey carried out by MyDaily.co.uk and YouGov of nearly 2,000 people in Britain also found Miss Middleton may still have some way to go to win over the public, with only 44% of people feeling she is worthy of becoming their future Queen.
Despite this, her status as a rising fashion icon is clear — nearly twice as many women are likely to buy an outfit worn by Kate Middleton (23%) than style queen Kate Moss (12%).
Carla Bevan, editor-in-chief of MyDaily.co.uk, said: “Despite all the excitement about what she'll wear on the big day, the reality of the situation is that most women realise Catherine has an unenviable task ahead of her, having her every move, not to mention every outfit, picked apart by the press.
“The public clearly feel it's going to be no fairytale for Kate, bringing an end to the idea that it's every girl's dream to become a princess, with modern-day women increasingly wary of the trappings of life in the celebrity spotlight.” According to the poll, 22% of women believe Miss Middleton should agree to “love, honour and obey” in her vows, with even more men thinking she should, at 36%.
Of the men surveyed, more than a third revealed they would rather be groom-to-be William (34%) than younger brother Harry (27%), with more than half (51%) giving the reason that William is marrying a beautiful bride.
Nearly a quarter (24%) of all people polled said the wedding will improve their feelings towards the monarchy, with only 42% believing the Royal family projects a good image of modern Britain to the rest of the world.
Some 46% thought the UK would be worse off without the Royals, with only 22% believing the country would be better off.
When asked how people felt members of the Royal family would cope in the “real world” from a career perspective, 22% said William would be the most successful.
The story is the opposite for the Queen, as only 3% thought she would be the most successful.
Bottom of the table was Princess Eugenie, second daughter of the Duke of York, with 0% thinking she would have any success in the “real world”.