<p><span></span>It's not easy being in the public eye - and pals say it's taking its toll on <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=kate middleton&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><strong>Kate Middleton</strong></a> already. The 5-foot-10 princess was once a size 6, "but there's no way she's more than a size 0 right now -- and that's extremely skinny," a friend tells <em>Life & Style</em>. "Kate was pretty skinny on her wedding day, but now pals are saying she's dropped another 7 to 10 pounds," an insider says.<br />
Understandably, now that she's in the public eye, Kate is self-conscious about people watching her at mealtimes. During the newlyweds trip to Los Angeles, celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis cooked up an extravagant meal for the couple and their guests at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club-but Kate barely touched any of her three-course meal. "Vegetables, salad, lasagna and seafood were served at the luncheon," an eyewitness tells Life & Style. "She picked her way through it. She's dainty and demure, and I doubt she felt comfortable in that setting -- there were thousands of people staring at her."
Luckily, she's not going through this alone. Her husband, Prince William, saw firsthand the toll the public spotlight took on his mother, Princess Diana, who battled bulimia for years. "He saw the pain and anguish his mother went through," an insider tells Life & Style, "so William's No. 1 priority is to ensure that Kate is happy and healthy and doesn't fall into any further bad habits."