Middleton may be wearing the engagement ring of Britain’s darling Princess Di, but reporters are pointing out just how different the two are. As Tina Brown, author of "The Diana Chronicles" notes in the Daily Beast, Middleton comes across as far more confident and level-headed than Diana did, taking years of media scrutiny before the engagement in stride – and has even apparently persuaded the queen of the difference.
The royal family may have made a concerted effort to ensure that the relationship didn’t follow the same path of Princess Charles and Diana by introducing her to the royal life early on, according to CBS reports. Even William has mentioned the differences between Middleton's situation and that of his late mother. He insists that the sad outcome that his mother met wouldn’t happen because the long wait for the engagement meant that Middleton had ample opportunities to back out if the pressure became too much, the Telegraph reported.