KATE Middleton and Prince William feel “wholly responsible” to comfort the British public after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down, according to a royal expert.
Ingrid Seward, Editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are seeking to use their profile to benefit the royal family.
Since the UK has gone into lockdown, Kate and William have kept busy, doing video calls with frontline workers and volunteers, and launching a mental health initiative.
Speaking to Fabulous, Ingrid said of the couple being increasingly active: “They feel almost wholly responsible as they are the only influential ones young enough to be out there at the moment apart from Sophie and Edward and The Princess Royal.
“They have the highest profile and want to use it to the benefit of the monarchy which has to be seen as being a comfort to people at this time.”
Ingrid said that Kate has helped to be a driving force for the couple during this time, and appears to take the lead during engagements.
She said: “I think Kate has always worn the trousers. She runs the household allowing William to get on with his own thing.
“She may not have ever looked as confident as she does now, but that was because she didn’t want to overshadow her husband.
“He is quite happy to let her lead the Zoom calls as someone has to. Although they are very competitive, their marriage is not a competition.”
The royal expert also observed that Kate and William appear to be more relaxed in their roles, since Harry and Meghan officially stepped down.
She explained: “I think they are sending the message that they can do it on their own without the support of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“I get the impression that the Cambridges are far more relaxed and comfortable since Meghan and Harry left.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently self-isolating in LA with baby Archie, and have shielded their son from public attention.
On the converse, during lockdown we have seen Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, two, clapping for the NHS and new photos of Louis unveiled for his birthday.
Ingrid said: “I think the Cambridges want to let people see their children in controlled circumstances i.e. that they have control over.
“The underlying message has to be that unlike Meghan and Harry they are happy for everyone to enjoy pictures of their children especially if they are doing something not just looking cute.
“It shows that she has learnt the magic of sharing bits of information and details of her children’s lives as a way of engaging with people.”
While Kate and William have been extremely active in the UK’s fight against coronavirus, particularly with William opening Birmingham’s Nightingale Hospital, Harry and Meghan have been delivering food packages to those struggling in LA.
Ingrid said: “I think we all hope that after such a rumpus that Meghan and Harry have found the happiness and peace they hoped for in their new life.
“But there is no doubt Harry must be missing his family during these strange times and must be thinking how much more he could do if he was here.”
While Harry may be miles away from his family, including his dad Prince Charles, who tested positive for coronavirus, Ingrid said the Queen will certainly be missing her grandson.
She said: “The Queen feels very sad that Harry, whose royal life seemed so promising, has decided to opt out.
“She regarded him as a wonderful asset to the Monarchy because of his youth and popularity and unique way with people.
“But now she will just wish them both the best and hope they make a success of it without embarrassing the royal family.”
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