Kate Middleton is under debate today, not the woman, but her name. “Can we still call her Kate Middleton?” This is the question that the Huffington Post pondered and then asked a few experts on the subject, according to an article published March 1, 2013.
When Diana married Prince Charles, she was known as Princess Diana and she still is today, a decade after her death. Kate wasn’t given the title “Princess” by the queen due to her commoner background. Kate Middleton got the “Duchess” title, but it is Duchess of Cambridge, which doesn’t contain the name for which she’s known around the world and the one that everyone is so used to, “Kate.”
The Huffington Post asked Gloria Feldt about her thoughts on the world still using Kate‘s maiden name even though she is now a married woman. Feldt reminded the readers that whatever name a woman uses, she still is taking on a man’s name. It either comes from her father or her husband. The Huffington Post added:
“The fact that few people bat an eyelash at calling Kate Middleton, well, Kate Middleton was, she thought, indicative of how thoroughly feminism has pervaded our culture.”
Author Barbara Hannah Gufferman was asked to comment on Kate being called by her maiden name still today and she said:
“Kate Middleton is seen more as a whole person; [she] established an identity for herself, so it's harder to separate that from her name."
Barbara is right, it is Kate’s full identity and she is very established under this name, so it would be hard to train the public to call her by any other name.
While Kate’s been under the microscope for almost every move she’s made since joining the royal family, debating if it is appropriate to still call Kate by her maiden name was bound to come up sooner or later.
The consensus seems to be that it is perfectly fine to continue referring to the woman who is really a princess, Kate Middleton! How much easier it would have been if the Queen just threw all caution to the wind and gave Kate that coveted princess title. Calling her Princess Kate would have been much more traditional when it comes to being married to a prince.