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- Kate Middleton and Prince Harry at a ceremony for Prince William in 2008
With the news that Prince William and Kate MIddleton are officially engaged come the inevitable comparisons of Middleton with Princess Diana. But there are differences: Diana, who at the time of her engagement was a shy 19-year-old partial to sensible Sloane Ranger ensembles, developed and refined her own personal style over the years. Middleton, who’s 28, has a more sophisticated look, although like the Princess of Wales she can rock the hats. Of course, she’s grown up in a different world than Diana did, one where fashion trends are disseminated around the world at the touch of a button and anyone with the money to spend has easy access to them. But just like the unlucky princess, her every move and sartorial choice will doubtless be endlessly photographed, recorded, and debated.