How Kate Middleton Feels About Taking on Princess Diana's Title of Princess of Wales

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Kate Middleton has some pretty big shoes to fill.

On Sept. 9, King Charles III, who ascended to the British throne following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, passed on his Prince of Wales title to the new heir of the monarchy, Prince William. Naturally, as William's wife, Kate was dubbed the new Princess of Wales, a title previously held by Will's late mom Princess Diana before her death in 1997.

So, what does Kate think of the title change? A royal source said the 40-year-old "appreciates the history associated with this role, but will understandably want to look to the future as she creates her own path."

Additionally, William and Kate—who share kids Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and and Prince Louis, 4—will adopt His Majesty and Queen Consort Camilla's previous roles as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, as well as retain their Duke and Duchess of Cambridge titles.

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"The Prince and Princess of Wales will approach their roles in the modest and humble way they've approached their work previously," the royal source said, adding that the couple are also "focused on deepening the trust and respect of the people of Wales over time."

Kate Middleton, Princess Diana
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In pre-recorded address broadcasted on Sept. 9, the King gave his blessings to William as the new Prince of Wales, a title the monarch said he had been "so greatly privileged to bear during so much of my life and duty."

"With Catherine beside him, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations," he added, "helping to bring the marginal to the center ground where vital help can be given."

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