Kate Middleton thanks her husband, Prince William, for preparing her to take on the former title of his late mother Princess Diana.
When a royal fan complimented the Duchess of Cambridge on June 4, saying: “You’re going to be a brilliant princess of Wales,” Middleton replied: “That’s very kind. I’m in good hands” before gesturing to her husband.
The exchange, which took place during Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum anniversary celebrations, recently went viral on social media.
Middleton, 40, will take on the title first made famous by Diana when the Queen, 96, dies, according to British Heritage Travel Magazine.
The publication explained that the Duchess’s title change will take place since William, 39, will be named Prince of Wales – the title historically given to the first man in line to the throne.
Williams’ father, Prince Charles, the current Prince of Wales, will relinquish the title as he will succeed the Queen and become King.
Charles, 73, has formally held the title since his inauguration ceremony in 1969.
When Charles married Diana on July 29, 1981, she became known as the Princess of Wales. They welcomed William in June 1982 and then Prince Harry in September 1984.
The couple agreed to split in December 1992 and their divorce was finalized in August 1996.
According to the royal family’s website, there were talks between the Queen, Charles and Diana over whether she should keep her title after the divorce.
The trio eventually agreed that the princess would be known as Diana, Princess of Wales, without the ‘Her Royal Highness’ style.
Diana then tragically died in a car accident in August 1997. She was 36.
Charles remarried Camila Parker Bowles in April 2005, but she was given the title of Duchess of Cornwall.
Since joining the royal family, Middleton has found many opportunities to honor the late Lady Di.
The Duchess wore Diana’s pearls to Prince Philip’s commemoration in March and most recently channeled the princess’s style during the platinum anniversary.
Middleton married William in April 2011 and they share three children: Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4.