The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is reportedly feeling the pressure of her royal duties some more after the dramatic exit of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, says royal experts.
After being on lockdown for three months, Kate Middleton returned to the public eye for her first outing after the pandemic, and experts have something to say about how she is handling her duties.
Kate Middleton and Prince William visit the Karolinska Institute to meet with academics and practitioners during day two of their Royal visit to Sweden and Norway on January 31, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden | Photo: Getty Images
Speaking to People Magazine, royal author Sarah Gristwood revealed that the Duchess of Cambridge is at the receiving end of high expectations from the public because of her future role as Queen.
Despite the burden of being the future Queen, friends close to the mother-of-three pointed out that Kate is settling well into her role as she is “finding her voice” and gaining confidence.
Gristwood, the author of “Elizabeth: The Queen and The Crown,” explained that Middleton was pushed to the front of the royal family when Prince Harry and Meghan left the scene.
As a result, she and Prince William have had to shoulder more responsibilities, and royal watchers are eager to see how they graciously carry it out, especially for Kate. Speaking about how the duchess is handling the pressure, Sarah said:
“Those who know her say there is a real core of strength, and she did set her mind to the job. But at the same time, she’d have to be superhuman not to feel the pressure.”
The publication notes that Gristwood’s comment resonates with a recent cover story in Tatler’s Magazine, which said Kate was feeling overwhelmed by the void left by Harry and Meghan.
While the palace vehemently denied the report and called it inaccurate, royal etiquette expert Myka Meier believes there might be some element of truth to it.
Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth II watch part of a children's sports event while visiting Vernon Park during a Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham on June 13, 2012 in Nottingham, England | Photo: Getty Images
Meier noted that since Kate is a future Queen tasked with the responsibility of raising a future King, she is expected to fulfill multiple roles while being a role model to the world. In her words:
“The added pressure of having cameras everywhere to catch even the slightest eye movement makes everything she does a conscious effort.”
Despite the burden of being the future Queen, Vanity Fair reports that friends close to the mother-of-three pointed out that Kate is settling well into her role as she is “finding her voice” and gaining confidence.
This comes after InStyle reported that a source close to the duchess refuted the claims of her being overwhelmed, saying that instead, she was “relishing in her role as future Queen.