Kate Middleton had all the eyes of the world on her when she walked up the aisle to marry Prince William back in 2011. There were many reports at the time that the Princess of Wales was following the controversial Dukan diet in the lead-up to her royal wedding.
However, royal biographer Katie Nicholl appeared on ITV’s Loose Women in March 2011 to dispel those rumours and set the record straight.
Former panellist Sherrie Hewson asked Ms Nicholl: “Take us to the wedding, now is it true that [Kate’s] losing all this weight, let’s get that clear for a start?”
The royal commentator replied: “Well I’m told that actually, she’s trying hard to put weight on. She’s losing it because, as you were talking about wedding planners earlier, they don’t have a wedding planner!
“They are doing this entirely on their own. So Kate’s been checking out hotels, tasting menus, and booking florists,” to which moderator Andrea McLean added, “Like a normal couple!”
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Ms Nicholl continued: “You know what happens when you get married, literally you don’t need to go on a diet because you drop that weight because you’re so anxious all the time!”
It was reported at the time that the Princess was following the Dukan diet leading up to her big day. The opposite of a longevity diet, the Dukan diet is a high-protein, low-carb French diet favoured by many Hollywood celebrities, among them Jennifer Lopez.
The Dukan diet involves four stages: attack, cruise, consolidation, and stabilisation. In the “attack” stage, you have to eat only protein — no fruits and not even vegetables — for four to six days. Next, in the “cruise” phase, you are allowed vegetables on some days.
Then, the “consolidation” phase brings back some fruits, carbohydrates, and cheese, along with two “celebratory” meals a week. How long phases two and three last depends on how much weight you want to lose.
Then, for the rest of your lifetime, you are meant to do “stabilisation,” which requires doing the “attack” mode once a week.
Dietitian and nutritionist Susie Burrell called the diet “simply a…