Queen Elizabeth II Views Kate Middleton as Royal ‘Team Player’


Looking towards the longer term. Queen Elizabeth II is assured granddaughter-in-law Duchess Kate has what it takes to be the pinnacle of the British royal household sometime, in line with knowledgeable Joe Little.

“The queen very much regards Catherine as … a safe pair of hands,” the managing editor of Majesty Magazine advised Us Weekly solely on Tuesday, September 28. “She’s been a member of the royal family for 10 years now. … I think given that all that’s going on in the past few years in the royal family in terms of the fallouts. … The queen has great trust in Kate.”

Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Middleton
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The monarch, 95, additionally gave Prince William‘s spouse, 39, a powerful confidence increase by bestowing her with “the royal family order, something that’s only given to the female members of the royal family who have been around for quite some time and are deemed to be of great support to the queen,” Little defined. “I would say that the queen has great trust in the future Prince and Princess of Wales William and Catherine will be one day and, you know, in the fullness of time … King William and Queen Catherine.”

Kate formally joined the royal household in April 2011 when she married the Duke of Cambridge, 39. The pair went on to welcome three youngsters: Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3.

Over the years, the queen has begun to view the Duchess of Cambridge as “a team player” throughout the palace. “Kate has found her own niche within the royal family,” Little advised Us. “And she focuses on things that mean a great deal to her that she feels that she can give something to the charity … in a great way.”

The transition into royal life wasn’t seamless for her, nonetheless, however her method was completely different than that of her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, who Little described as being “thrown into” her royal duties. The Princess of Wales died in a Paris automotive crash in 1997, one year after finalizing her divorce from Prince Charles.

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the annual night reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace on December 8, 2016 in London.

“Kate was very gradual,” Little mentioned. “She appeared occasionally, but for the first few years, it was really [as] William’s wife rather than a working member of the royal family.”

As the palace continues to expertise loads of shakeups — together with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s March 2020 exit — Little believes the queen appreciates that Kate “adheres to tradition” as a substitute of bending the principles. However, the members of the family nonetheless acknowledge that “the modern royal family has to evolve.”

Last year, with the coronavirus pandemic severely impacting the U.Okay. and different international locations throughout the globe, the royal matriarch was grateful to have Kate and William to lean on.

“More than anything, knowing she can rely on Kate and Prince William to handle matters in her absence is the greatest comfort she could ask for,” a supply solely revealed of the queen in August 2020.

Three months later, a separate insider revealed that Kate is already planning forward — and contemplating altering “some of the outdated rules” when she ultimately takes over as queen consort.

“Kate has flourished into a queen in waiting in front of everyone’s eyes,” the supply mentioned in November 2020. “The royal family could not be more pleased.”

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