Troubled Kate: pain and anger of 3 princes
With all eyes on the royals, especially Wills and Harry, and Prince George off to school, the pressure is certainly on for the Duchess…
It’s been a tense summer for the Royal Family, with all eyes focused upon them around the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, the mother-in-law Kate never knew.
As the ‘Diana backlash’ began to make itself felt, the Duchess of Cambridge reportedly confided in friends that she felt ‘stressed’ by the public reaction to the anniversary.
Prince Charles and second wife Camilla virtually went into hiding while there was wall-towall coverage of William and Harry’s mother.
We were reminded of Diana’s death in 1997, the tangled web that eventually ended her marriage, and the pain and anger caused to her sons, William and Harry
The Princes spoke openly of how her loss had affected them and, while William had nothing but praise for his father, a recent poll showed that only a quarter of the public want Charles to succeed the Queen as monarch. That is something that must have saddened both the heir to the throne and his eldest son.
All this, no doubt, added to Kate’s anxiety about the couple’s return to live in London – and the expectation that, as four-year-old Prince George starts school, she and
‘Kate realises that she and William must become full-time working royals’
William will be expected to step up their royal duties.
William has stood down from his job as a pilot with the East Anglia Air Ambulance, and is going to concentrate more on royal duties, with Kate expected to be by his side. Indeed, the couple have returned to an increasingly busy schedule.
On Monday, Kate visited the Hornsey Road Children’s Centre in London, while William went to the National Mental Health and Policing Conference in Oxford on Tuesday.
‘Kate was hoping to have a couple more years where she could be a mum first and increase her royal duties slowly,’ an insider told
‘But, with Prince Philip retiring, the Queen now 91, and Charles and Camilla badly damaged [ by recent media coverage of Diana’s life and death], she realises she and William must become full-time royals to pick up the slack. It wouldn’t surprise me if she has abandoned any plans to have a third baby so that she can focus on the work.’
George’s enrolment at Thomas’s school in Battersea, London, has meant that Kate, Wills and Princess Charlotte have had to move back to London from their home at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
For Kate, 35, it may well come as an unwelcome return to the limelight after a few peaceful years at their country retreat.
In preparation for George’s arrival at his new school on Thursday, new security measures are said to have been taken, with bulletproof windows reportedly fitted. In the light of the increased threat to London, following the Westminster and London Bridge terror attacks of the summer, extra care will be taken over George’s security.
But the pair are determined that George, third in line to the throne, will have as normal a childhood as is possible.
They opted for the Battersea school because they liked its ‘villagey’ feel, despite it being a half-hour car journey from Kensington Palace, their new royal residence.
William, 35, and Kate are planning to share drop-off and pick-up duties, although a source has admitted they know it will ‘cause a bit of a stir at first’ – but are hoping the novelty will soon wear off.
‘Like any mum, Kate will miss her son terribly and worry about his safety in these dangerous times,’ said a friend. ‘But it all comes with the territory, and she knew that when she married William.’
At least now, with the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death in the past, the comparisons between Kate and Diana will slacken off.
‘All the programmes about Diana have brought home to everyone the difference a glamorous young princess makes,’ our source said. ‘Kate wants to make a real contribution and carry on Diana’s legacy, but she’s also worried she can’t give her children as much attention.’
Then, of course, there is the constant focus on her appearance. People have already speculated that the Duchess is too thin, and every comment can be exaggerated by social media.
That said, Prince William has always protected his wife, and will surely prioritise that.
‘His number one concern is Kate’s happiness and that of his children,’ the insider said, adding, ‘That way, he is convinced they will be bestplaced to take the monarchy forward and allow it to thrive in the future.’
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