Middleton first met Prince William while she was studying at the University of St Andrews in 2001. The couple has been in a relationship over a period of last eight years with two brief splits as the only halts. Compared to Kate-William courtship which lasted over 8 years, Diana-Charles affair was really short.
Even though the Prince had known Diana for several years, they got romantically involved only a year before their wedding. Diana was accepted by the royal family and the Prince proposed her on February 1981.
The marriage of William and Middleton, both 28, will take place in the spring or summer of 2011, 30 years after Charles's spectacular but ultimately ill-fated wedding to Diana.
Diana was the most photographed woman in the world and haunted throughout her life by paparazzi's who eventually caused her tragic death. Kate Middleton too has complained about harassment from the media saying it's affecting her privacy.
Diana was not good with her studies, but had a real taste for music. She excelled in piano and other extracurricular activities like swimming, ballet etc. She worked as a preschool assistant and dance trainer before her wedding with Charles.
Kate used to work as an accessory buyer with the clothing chain Jigsaw.Later she gave up the job to become a professional photographer. She was even introduced to photographer Mario Testino, who is famous for his iconic Diana portraits.
Middleton is renowned for her fashion sense, featuring in People Magazine's 2007 and 2010 best dressed list. Diana's beauty and charm made her a darling to the world with her hairstyle and fashion becoming the topic everyone wanted to talk about, copied by millions around the globe.
Princess Diana's iconic wedding gown was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel. The design and designer of Kate Middleton's wedding dress has been the subject of endless speculation since her engagement. There are reports suggesting Sophie Cranston of label Libelula has been chosen to design what is already one of the most-talked about dresses of the decade.
Charles and Diana were two contradicting personalities and their age gap was also 11 years. William is only six months older to Kate, and it seems they share a better chemistry than the Charles-Diana pair.
According to a study, Kate Middleton is set to overtake Britain's Princess Diana as the most talked-about woman in the world's media. With two weeks to go before her wedding, Kate is already posting Diana-type numbers in terms of news worthiness and celebrity status.