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…

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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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