As the royal family continues to manage the fallout of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s California-based revelations, the Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has seemingly been a force of support, encouragement, comfort and security for several family members. It’s clear that she’s seemingly becoming the glue that is holding the family together.
This week, the Duchess of Cambridge joined her husband, Prince William on a mini tour of Scotland. The couple are already enjoying the highlands, with the Duchess taking her DJ skills for a brief spin. Her husband wasn’t so impressed with her efforts, joking, “(It’s) hurting my ears.”
There’s no doubt that Catherine’s presence is a good balance for the family, which has had to deal with instability and accusations from the royal twosome across the pond. But she has gracefully dealt with the turmoil, keeping the symbolic British upper lip and getting back to work.
In fact, her influence on the family may be so great that she is now the “glue” that really holds it together, at least when it comes to the Wales family.
This was on full display during the Queen’s funeral, when the Duchess gave her father-in-law, Prince Charles, a sweet peck on the cheek as she bid him farewell after an emotionally wrought day.
“Kate’s standing in the Royal Family has now come so far that many believe she is their biggest asset,” said“60 Minutes Australia” host Tom Steinfort in an interview with royal commentator Katie Nicholl.
She responded, “I think Kate is the glue. In the same way that the Duke of Edinburgh was always the one who would help resolve family issues.
“He was the patriarch of the family.”
She added: “I see Kate stepping into that role. Trying to keep things together.”
In the beginning of her royal career, the former Kate Middleton came across as slightly awkward and uncertain at times, as she carefully navigated her new role and slowly grew into her full-time status as a working member of the royal family.
For many ardent royal watchers, myself included, there was the belief that sometimes she could be considered “lazy.” But over the years, Catherine has finally blossomed into a powerful force within the family and someone to whom others seek counsel.
However, I would disagree with Nicholl’s assessment that the Duchess is always playing “peacemaker” within the family, at least when it comes to Harry and Meghan.
Most likely, like so much of her royal and nonroyal career, Catherine is playing the long game. Knowing that despite the accusations from Montecito, including that she made Meghan cry right before her wedding, she will be queen and is content to keep her head down and continuing the royal work.
Instead of peacemaker, as in actively trying to get the brothers to reconcile, she is more likely giving sound advice to her husband about how to deal with his errant and off-the-reservation brother and sister-in-law. Prince William likely leans heavily on his wife to deal with the challenge.
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, has become an absolute and nearly irreplaceable asset to the monarchy, and will only continue to grow into her rule as the future Queen Consort of the United Kingdom.
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