Kate Middleton carries ‘heavy burden’ after ‘natural streamlining’ of Royal Family

Kate Middleton has been supporting the Queen at one of the most challenging times of her life...

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Kate Middleton could reportedly carry a “heavy burden” after a “natural streamlining” of the Royal Family makes her commitment to royal duties all the more important. 

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge has helped support the Queen throughout one of the most difficult years of her life, remaining committed to her royal duties and undertaking a huge number of important engagements. With the loss of Prince Philip, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview and allegations against Prince Andrew, Her Majesty and the monarchy have faced challenging times. Now it’s been suggested that it will be Kate and Prince William who could carry a “heavy burden” when it comes to the Royal Family’s future.

As reported by The Mirror, royal expert Robert Jobson has stated that over a year after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “stepped back”, their absence is still having a huge impact on their family. This includes Kate Middleton and Prince William, whom the expert believes will carry the “burden” long term. 

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF flypast

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"Two years on from the Sandringham summit the dust has settled over Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit as full time royals. So much has changed, but one thing is certain—the Sussexes’ departure has left the Monarchy in a worse position,” he claimed. "Why? Because they were international stars, who shone a light on Britain and what is good about our country, our diversity and our humour.”

Robert went on to express his belief that as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations approach, the monarchy is “in need of renovation” and an “uplift”. Already this year several of the Queen’s children and her grandson Prince William and Kate Middleton have been observed taking on a larger role in the Sussexes’ absence. 

And it seems that although it’s Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla who will increasingly feel “pressure” as they support Her Majesty, “long term” it will be Kate and Prince William tasked with making the monarchy “relevant”. Reports have previously suggested that Prince Charles wanted to “streamline” the Royal Family.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the "No Time To Die" World Premiere

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However with the Sussexes’ settled in their Santa Barbara home and Prince Andrew stripped of military honors and patronages, it’s thought that this might not happen.

"There had been talk that Charles was planning a cull of lesser royals and wanted to streamline The Firm when he is king,” Robert alleged, later saying, "Such a cull is no longer really needed with Harry and Meghan’s self-imposed exile and The Duke of York’s enforced absence from royal life”. 

“So the streamlining has happened naturally,” he added. “It means going forward, that the pressure will increasingly be on Charles and Camilla. But long term it will be William and his wife, Catherine, who will carry the heavy burden of making the Crown relevant.” 

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The Duchess of Cambridge already has a number of royal patronages and projects, though it seems her workload could be set to become even greater as the years go on. In November last year she and Prince William stepped in for the Queen after she was forced to pull out of her appearance at the COP26 summit.

Now as Her Majesty prepares to mark her 70th year on the throne and the turbulent recent times continue to be felt, the Cambridges will no doubt be focusing on supporting her and forging the monarchy’s path forwards. 

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.

Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 

After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!