As is always the way, it\’s the woman, Carole, who is seen as socially aspirational and pushy. Her girls, Catherine and Pippa, have been called \”the wisteria sisters\”, as they are adept in social climbing. It is a recurring motif from Austen to Osborne that women are the schemers who dream of an upwardly mobile escape.
Rather longer than that actually.
It\’s simply a truism of the species that the cute women get to be upwardly mobile, get to catch the alpha males, in a way that neither their more dowdy sisters do nor cute men the top women.
The definition of \”cute\” certainly changes: there have been times and places, societies, where the Middletons would have definitely been considered on the dowdy side. Certainly decidedly aged, at near 30 for the new Duchess.
But cute being upwardly mobile? Just the way of the species.