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Kate Middleton’s visit to India was much more than a ‘Monroe upskirt’

Oh, the horror of wearing a flowy white dress in India! It led to an inadvertent uncomfortable moment when the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton’s dress was caught by a naughty gust of wind at the India Gate amidst all the camera glares. The wife of Prince William was paying homage to the slain soldiers at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in Delhi on Monday.

India’s leading national daily, The Times of India, which is not exactly known for holding their moral grounds on such issues, decided to use Kate’s “oops” moment and display it in their front page, drawing parallels to that iconic photo of Hollywood superstar Marilyn Monroe.

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This is how the TOI and a few other global media houses portrayed Kate Middleton’s “oops” moment.

The photo must have generated huge sales for TOI, a strategy that they must have aimed and achieved. However, it earned them a lot of brickbats in social media for engaging in such cheap tricks for the honourable guest.

While TOI and other global newspapers cashed in on her Monroe moment, I wonder if Kate went red as she seethed with anger while the cameras went down. It was a breach of privacy, definitely. Or in the privacy of her room, did Kate giggle to Prince William that she was lucky to have found her moment, with so much similarity to that picture of Monroe?

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The Duchess of Cambridge lets her hair down at a cricket match in India.

So many celebs try so hard to get it right, but quite not achieve it, for Monroe, like Kate was caught unawares as she stepped out for a public appearance. Monroe after all, have the most immortal shelf life in the collective memories of people; every time the breeze blows below a pretty woman’s skirt, we can’t but recall the iconic beauty.

Dozens of pictures show the royal couple travelling through India, sampling a taste of the indigenous culture that their forefathers called “native”. We, as a nation, somehow can’t stop fawning on royal families, foreign or national. May be after being ruled by rajas, and then by British for so long, India can’t help getting onto its toes when monarchs are concerned.

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Kate and Prince William meet Prime Minister of India Narenda Modi at Hyderabad House in New Dehli

However, a few photos from Kate and Prince William’s Kaziranga National Park visit in Assam portrayed another interesting picture. It was quite refreshing to see the couple seated in what seems like a wooden plank bench, covered by a floral plastic sheet.

No plush sofas for the dignitaries, or tacky colourful cushions or throws to give them an “Indian feel” at the campfire site. And the guests seemed quite at ease, seated in that ordinary bench, enjoying the regional Bihu dance.

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A cheeky little 3-year-old decided to get familiar with the royal couple by trying to stamp on their feet

While everyone else welcomed the royal guests with the traditional “Namaskar”, a cheeky little 3-year-old decided to get familiar with them by trying to stamp on their feet. As the couple broke into laughter, and especially Kate getting down to pat the toddler, it made a pretty picture of a mother who must be remembering her own kids beyond the seas, and missing them pretty bad.

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Rubi

Whether it’s women issues, politics or the paranormal, Rubi has an opinion on everything. Art and entertainment interest her, too. Hindu College alumni, she has written for The Hindustan Times and The Financial Express. Every now and then, she loves picking up her camera to capture life and its various shades.

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