Kate Middleton allegedly sent a shocking email to her friends before becoming a royal. In a newly discovered document, it was revealed that the duchess demanded something from her friends since she will soon be marrying Prince William and will soon be a part of the royal family. 

She allegedly emailed her pals and told them how she wanted to be addressed. She told them not to call her Kate and asked them to call her Catherine instead as she’s preparing for her future life as a royal. 

In 2008, Prince William was widely rumored to be considering Kate to be his future wife and to be proposing to her soon. Because of these speculations, it was said that the now Duchess of Cambridge took it seriously and started to think about what she should do in case the prince indeed asks for her hand in marriage. One of the first things she planned to do was change her title and make people call her by her full name instead of the less duchess-like “Kate.” 

“With Prince William’s engagement now a surefire certainty there are intriguing signs that Kate Middleton is preparing for her future role,” columnist Adam Heliker wrote. “It looks like she’s taking it very seriously and I heard that in the past few weeks the former accessories buyer has quietly informed friends that she would like to drop the informal ‘Kate’ and in future wishes to be known by her full name: Catherine.”

He added that Kate didn’t want her friends to be offended by the request, but some of them admitted that they were stunned. “Everyone knows it’s about to happen with Kate and William, but we were a little surprised about the request to call her Catherine,” one of her friends allegedly told Heliker. 

But according to observers, Kate probably wanted people to call her by her full name as she only wanted to be taken more seriously. She might have realized that she will someday be a woman with authority, so she wants her name to appear more formal. 

Prince William and Kate eventually tied the knot in 2011, and it seems that people like her “informal” name better as she’s rarely being called Catherine. Up to now, the world calls her by her nickname, but it’s not to say that she’s not being taken seriously. In fact, people love and respect her while fondly calling her “Kate.” 

Prince William, Kate Middleton TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, smile following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. Chris Jackson/Getty Images