Originally Posted by GracieGiraffe
Even if they could get a title, where are the titles for Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips? Why was Diana's mother never given a peerage - she remained the Hon. Frances Shand Kydd, a commoner. Wouldn't the same logic have applied to her as the mother of the then future queen and grandmother of the future king?
Frances Shand Kydd would have become a Countess, had she not divorced. As hereditary titles typically descend through the male, what point would there be in giving her a title, since her son Charles was already destined to be an Earl in due course. More significant, probably, was that Diana's relationship w/ the Royal family and w/ her mother was volatile at best. If many biographers are to be believed the Royal family was displeased with Diana's family for failing to disclose her emotional 'problems' prior to the marriage. In any event, Diana's sister Jane became a Baroness when her husband was granted a life peerage in 1999.
IMO, the Middletons are a very different kettle of fish, they and their daughter have been remarkably discreet and supportive of the Royal family. They have not responded to the slurs and name calling flung @ them by the press, for that alone, I would think some recognition was not out of line in due time - maybe Baron and Baroness Middleton? Not that I think they are particularly interested in such a thing.