In the days since Queen Elizabeth II passed on September 8, the world has been abuzz about the modern monarchy, now led by King Charles III. One of his most headline-making decisions thus far? To officially bestow the titles of Prince and—all the more meaningful—Princess of Wales upon his son Prince William and his daughter-in-law Kate Middleton. (Reminder, Kate is the first to use the title since Princess Diana passed away in 1997. To the royal world, this is huge.)
But that’s just it: On this side of the pond, is it still right that we refer to the Princess of Wales as Kate, not Catherine, her official—and much more regal-sounding—name?
Let’s just say it’s been the talk of the internet this week with everyone from royal expert and author of HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style Elizabeth Holmes to Page Six royal editors sounding off about the reasons we continue to say Kate.