Kate is the roy­als’ se­cret weapon

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Af­ter her re­cent solo vis­its to the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery and the open­ing night of 42nd Street, the duchess will take on an­other solo en­gage­ment next month when she vis­its Lux­em­bourg to com­mem­o­rate the 1867 Treaty of London as part of the roy­als’ charm of­fen­sive in the wake of Brexit.

Although Prince Wil­liam ac­com­pa­nied Kate on their trip to Paris soon af­ter the ski­ing scan­dal broke, it would be un­der­stand­able if Kate had pushed to at­tend Lux­em­bourg alone, in a bid to al­low the dust to set­tle on his er­ror of judge­ment.

‘Kate is seen as the roy­als’ se­cret weapon to win back pub­lic ap­proval,’ ex­plains our in­sider. ‘She comes across as sober and hard­work­ing, never let­ting the side down – which is just what they need.’

The royal cou­ple then have a se­ries of of­fi­cial en­gage­ments to­gether, in­clud­ing vis­its to Ger­many and Poland in July, as the For­eign Of­fice view them as cru­cial levers of ‘soft power’ for the Gov­ern­ment.

And with the duke and duchess play­ing such a vi­tal role in Euro­pean diplo­macy go­ing for­ward, Kate has laid out strict in­struc­tions that Wil­liam is for­bid­den to do any­thing that could sully their chances of be­ing taken se­ri­ously.

‘They have worked so hard to get away from all the work­shy al­le­ga­tions that re­ally wound them up, and then this hap­pened. It’s a PR dis­as­ter,’ ex­plains our source. ‘Kate re­ally thought Wills had calmed down and given up the boys-only be­hav­iour. She has warned him not to mess up again, to keep his head down and above all to be­have.’

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