Duchess of Cornwall reportedly 'wasn't very keen' on Kate Middleton at first and saw ‘gap’ between her and Prince William

It's claimed that she later 'warmed' to her

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The Duchess of Cornwall supposedly "wasn't very keen" on her stepson Prince William’s then-girlfriend Kate Middleton, but later "warmed" to her.

The Duchess of Cornwall has been an integral part of the Royal Family ever since she married Prince Charles in 2005. While some might have been initially uncertain about her, her devotion to her royal duties has seen her popularity grow. As Prince William’s step-mother she’s also understood to be very close to his children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who call her a sweet popstar alternative to “grandma”

But it seems that despite her closeness with the Cambridges now, Duchess Camilla wasn’t always as sure about the relationship between Prince William and Duchess Catherine, known prior to her marriage as Kate Middleton. 

It’s now been claimed that Duchess Camilla wasn't “keen” on her future step-daughter-in-law initially. 

Why wasn’t the Duchess of Cornwall sure about Kate Middleton at first?

Speaking on Channel 5’s documentary, When the Middletons met the Monarchy, royal expert Tom Quinn stated that: "I'd heard that Camilla wasn't very keen on Catherine.”

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He explained: “She didn't shoot, she wasn't very interested in horses particularly. There was too much of a gap and William would feel it.”

"But I think it's true to say that Camilla later warmed to Catherine and recognised her solid virtues."

This certainly seems to be the case given their current family closeness and Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla’s love of their grandchildren

It’s also been reported that the Duchess of Cambridge received a particularly beautiful wedding jewelry gift from Duchess Camilla, which she has been pictured wearing a number of times.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall on February 11, 2020 in Loughborough,

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How was the Duchess of Cambridge’s upbringing different?

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was raised in Berkshire with her two siblings, James and Pippa by their parents Michael and Carole Middleton. While Prince William was brought up in the public eye as the future king and an important member of the Royal Family - an upbringing that no doubt varied greatly from his wife’s childhood experience. 

The couple met at the University of St Andrews and their relationship soon blossomed. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey in 2011, that delighted royal fans.

They are now proud parents to their three children and it’s understood the family is currently at their Norfolk countryside home of Anmer Hall during the UK’s third lockdown.

We can't wait to see the family together again soon!