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Kate Middleton, center, reacts while talking to members of the public March 8 as she leaves Hillsborough Castle in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Poor Kate Middleton. She's not just marrying a future king. She's marrying all of us. Once upon a time, British subjects gazed upon their sovereigns from afar. Not any more. The monarchy has gained in star power since William's mother, Princess Diana, burst into the royal family in a blonde blaze of charisma and changed it forever. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, file)

Britain's royals, once rulers, are now celebrities

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LONDON -- Poor Kate Middleton. She's not just marrying a future king. She's marrying all of us.

Once upon a time, British subjects gazed upon their sovereigns from afar. Not any more.

Members of the royal family are now Hollywood-style mega-celebrities -- their cellulite, receding hairlines and boozy nights out subject to the same relentless scrutiny as other A-listers.

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