It's not easy being queen.
So says self-appointed royal Queen Latifah. In a recent interview with Parade, the singer-actress advises future princess Kate Middleton, 28, on how to stay sane amid the madness of planning her April wedding to Prince William, 28.
"Make sure you have a sanctuary, because everybody in the world is going to be in your business," the Put on Your Crown author tells the mag. "He happened to be born a prince; you happened to go to college and meet him. You're two kids who fell in love. I just hope you have a happy life. And don't take anything personally."
And Latifah isn't the only one giving the princess-to-be a helping hand.
"She was given royal assistance like no other girl has ever been given before entering the family," a palace insider tells UsMagazine.com of how Middleton has prepped for her new role.
Adds Katie Nicholl, author of William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls, "About three years ago, palace staff started showing Kate video of Princess Diana getting out of a car and paparazzi going berserk, so that Kate would know how to deal with it. Now she already knows how this works."