Jeal­ous Kate: Ill, stressed and feel­ing sec­ond best

The Duchess of Cam­bridge is ill, stressed – and feel­ing sec­ond best

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Kate Mid­dle­ton should be on top of the world, look­ing for­ward to the birth of her third child. But, as we have known for some time, the poor Duchess of Cam­bridge is any­thing but ‘bloom­ing’.

It’s not just her ex­treme morn­ing sick­ness tak­ing its toll, how­ever – friends are ap­par­ently con­cerned that Kate is ‘dread­ing’ re­turn­ing to her royal du­ties af­ter her morn­ing sick­ness ab­sence.

At the time of go­ing to press, Kate was due at Buck­ing­ham Palace on Tues­day night for a re­cep­tion with Princes Wil­liam and Harry, held to hon­our World Men­tal Health Day. She is then ex­pected to at­tend the Women Of The Year Awards on Mon­day 16 Oc­to­ber.

But a pal con­fessed the Duchess had been ‘very edgy and not look­ing for­ward to it – when you’ve been off work for a while, you get out of the habit of meet­ing peo­ple and mak­ing small talk’.

And, say friends, Kate ap­par­ently fears she has ‘ lost con­fi­dence’ and will be seen as ‘sec­ond best’ in com­par­i­son to Prince Harry’s girl­friend, Meghan Markle, 36.

Some­times ap­pear­ing thin, and with dark bags un­der her eyes, mum-to-be Kate isn’t glow­ing at present.

‘Cather­ine is go­ing through a bad patch and is be­com­ing some­what with­drawn,’ a source told best. ‘She is suf­fer­ing re­ally badly from morn­ing sick­ness and just doesn’t want to face the world. Although she is a lot bet­ter, she wor­ries about be­ing sick in pub­lic.

‘She’s lost a bit of con­fi­dence and has, frankly, been dread­ing be­ing in the spot­light again.’

On top of that, said the in­sider, Kate, 35, is wor­ried that she is now go­ing to at­tract com­par­isons to her broth­erin-law’s girl­friend, Meghan, as ru­mours swirl about their po­ten­tial en­gage­ment.

No doubt the stun­ning Amer­i­can ac­tress will be bring­ing new glam­our and ex­cite­ment to the royal scene.

Kate has met Meghan and is be­lieved to like her, but she surely wouldn’t be hu­man if she wasn’t jeal­ous of the at­ten­tion the Suits star is cur­rently re­ceiv­ing.

‘She knows that, as soon as Meghan mar­ries Harry, they will be­come the glam­orous cou­ple that she and Wil­liam were five years ago,’ said the royal in­sider.

‘In some ways, she is glad she’s hav­ing a baby – she can duck out of the spot­light with good rea­son. But she doesn’t want to be con­stantly com­pared, be­ing told she wears frumpy clothes while Meghan is ul­tra-trendy.’

You can’t imag­ine Kate step­ping out in ripped jeans

and a ‘ hus­band shirt’ (the ca­sual-smart out­fit Meghan wore when she made her first pub­lic ap­pear­ance with Harry at Toronto’s In­vic­tus Games). Even if she wanted to dress more ca­su­ally, royal pro­to­col wouldn’t gen­er­ally al­low it.

Kate could also be fret­ting about be­ing out­classed by Meghan as a pub­lic speaker. As an ac­tress, Meghan can per­form bril­liantly, while Kate has bat­tled nerves in the past when speak­ing in pub­lic.

‘She knows they’ll be put side by side all the time, and she’s not look­ing for­ward to it. It’s not as if Meghan is younger, ei­ther – she’s ac­tu­ally a year older!’ said the source.

Re­gard­less, Meghan is go­ing to seem like a bright young thing, while Kate is a mother ap­proach­ing mid­dle age.

When Kate’s third baby is born, it will mean Harry slips down to sixth in line to the throne. For him and his part­ner, that means more free­dom – some­thing Kate can only dream of now.

The new cou­ple will be un­der scru­tiny, but not as much as Wil­liam and Kate, who are now ex­pected to step up as king and queen-in­wait­ing be­hind Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla.

Mean­while, vet­eran royal re­porter Phil Dampier, who was in Toronto re­cently when Meghan turned up handin-hand with Harry to the In­vic­tus Games, says it felt like a his­toric, ex­cit­ing mo­ment.

Phil feels that, as the cou­ple made their first joint ap­pear­ance at an of­fi­cial event, and, in ad­di­tion, Scot­land Yard per­son­nel are now pro­tect­ing Meghan, mar­riage is a case of not if, but when.

‘ What struck me was how happy and re­laxed they looked, and I imag­ine Kate would envy that,’ he re­vealed.

‘Some­times, Kate looks un­com­fort­able in the spot­light, but Meghan will take to it like a duck to wa­ter. She’s a born ac­tress – that will help with her royal du­ties. Harry and Meghan will be huge world­wide, so I can see Will and Kate over­shad­owed for a cou­ple of years.

‘The best thing for Kate to do is to re­gard Meghan as an ally who will take some of the pres­sure off her.’

Not be­ing able to take her son Ge­orge, four, to school must also up­set Kate, though Wil­liam, it seems, has been fan­tas­ti­cally sup­port­ive.

Feel­ing ill, maybe suf­fer­ing a touch of ‘mother’s guilt’, and envy at an­other beau­ti­ful woman tak­ing the lime­light… you can see why Kate might be des­per­ate to re­gain her mojo.

‘Kate looks un­com­fort­able in the spot­light, but Meghan will take to it like a duck to wa­ter’

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Kate’s feel­ing over­shad­owed and ap­pre­hen­sive

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