Kate Middleton 'never lets down' says royal expert
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Kate and Prince William took the world by storm this week with their glitzy attendance at the world premiere of the 25th Bond film, No Time To Die. The Duchess in particular stunned in a gold sequinned cape gown by Jenny Packham.
A few hours later, however, the Cambridges changed into more suitable business outfits to carry out their first visit to Derry-Londonderry, where they spoke to students and university staff and had a go at rugby.
This fast-paced schedule signals Kate and Prince William are “coming out swinging” following a lengthy summer break, according to royal commentator Daniela Elser.
The journalist believes the House of Windsor has two major issues to deal with – the damage done by the allegations made by Meghan and Prince Harry in their landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey and making sure the British Crown will survive after the end of the Queen’s reign.
Ms Elser cited a YouGov poll carried out between March 12 and May 7 on 4997 British adults to indicate one of the risks the Firm is facing.
This poll asked whether the surveyed believed the UK should continue to have a monarchy in the future or elect its future head of state.
While an analysis of the total respondents showed clear support to the Crown, the poll indicated a possible threat to the future of the monarchy.
Among people aged between 18 to 24, only 31 percent said to support the monarchy while 41 percent spoke in favour of republicanism and 28 percent said they didn’t know.
The marked a significant drop when compared to a similar poll carried out in 2019, when 46 percent of the people in this age group said to support the Crown.
Mr Elser said Kate and William have to not only deal with these issues but also claimed they bear the full responsibility to “shore up the monarchy ahead of this period of seismic change”.
In a comment piece for news.com.au, Ms Elser added: “It is against this backdrop that the Cambridges’ smiley, sunny outings should be read, not as them resolutely getting back to the 9-5 grind, but as part of this project to (try at least) to both patch their image up post-Megxit and to future-proof the throne.
“Which is how we get to a future Queen in under 24-hours going from Oscars-worthy glamazon to demonstrating her best football moves to holding a tarantula, all as part of a hard week’s work.”
Following their whirlwind day in Northern Ireland, Prince William also had a packed Thursday.
Kate Middleton 'stole the show' at Bond premiere says expert
Yesterday, as the president of the Football Association, he held a phone meeting with its chief executive Mark Bullingham.
Moreover, he attended an emotional award ceremony to mark the 40th year of The Passage, a charity fighting homelessness he was introduced to by his beloved late mother Princess Diana.
Yesterday also marked the release of Earthshot: How to Save Our Planet – the companion book of his decade-long Earthshot Prize initiative.
The book, which presents an introduction penned by William, was an immediate success, as it shot to the top of the Amazon bestseller list in several categories, including the Environment.
The book was co-authored by WWF’s former executive director, Colin Butfield, and award-winning producer/director Jonnie Hughes.
It comes ahead of the debut of a five-part BBC One series commencing on Sunday, which will see the Duke of Cambridge and naturalist Sir David Attenborough introducing the public to the finalists of the first-ever Earthshot Prize award, taking place later this month.
The Earthshot book comes a few months after the publication of the successful photography book Hold Still, including the photographs of the 100 finalists of the contest spearheaded in 2020 by Kate.
Kate and Prince William are among the 11 working royals the Queen can count on to represent the Crown and carry out royal duties.
Following the departure as senior royals of Meghan and Harry, they are the only couple under-40s allowed to complete royal engagements.
Other full-time working royals include Prince Edward and Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne and Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
The other three working royals are first cousins of the Queen – the Duke of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
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