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Kate ‘didn’t go headlong’ into Royal Family work ‘on the advice of Prince Charles’

Princess Diana and Kate Middleton: A look at their piano playing

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Kate has grown into her role and the Firm over the past decade, according to royal commentator Ingrid Seward. The expert noted the Duchess has acquired confidence over the years, to the point she is now comfortable with being under the limelight.

Speaking to the Mirror, Ms Seward said: “Today there is definitely confidence and poise there.

“She has learnt to overcome her shyness.”

Kate, the expert added, followed the advice of Prince Charles over easing into her royal role.

Ms Seward said: “She has taken it gently, she didn’t go headlong into everything. 

“On the advice of Prince Charles, you don’t have to rush into taking on hundreds of charities, you can take your time and enjoy your family, and I believe having her family has helped her gain confidence.” 

Kate joined the Royal Family in April 2011 upon marrying Prince William.

While Kate took on a few royal patronages within months of her nuptials, the pair didn’t immediately become full time working royals.

This is because Prince William was working at the time as a member of the RAF Search & Rescue team.

In 2015, he joined the East Anglia Air Ambulance as pilot and the Cambridges moved from Anglesey to Norfolk.

The Duke of Cambridge embraced royal work full time in the summer of 2017, as Prince Philip was about to retire from public duties.

Kate, however, had been laying the ground for her royal work for years, focusing in particular on mental health, addictions and the early years.

With the passing of the years, Kate has become more confident with public speaking and has taken on bigger roles and initiatives.

Now she holds more than 20 patronages and has launched legacy-making projects – including the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood.

Growing in the role of senior royal, Kate also discovered one of her qualities, according to Ms Seward.

She said: “She is patient, and has the ability to listen.

“And she has discovered she has this ability with people, she is very good with the very young and the very old.”

The royal author then recalled Kate’s late mother-in-law.

She said: “That is like Diana was.”

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is turning 40 on Sunday, stunned royal watchers on Christmas Eve as she performed on the piano a rendition of ‘For Those Who Can’t Be Here’ with singer Tom Walker.

The pre-recorded performance was included in the Together at Christmas event which took place on December 8 at Westminster Abbey.

The event, spearheaded and presented by the Duchess, was a thank you to the unsung heroes of the pandemic and a celebration of togetherness in the midst of the Covid crisis.

At the end of the Queen’s reign, Kate is set to become Princess of Wales.

Afterward, when Prince William takes the throne, she will be Queen Consort and the mother of the next monarch, Prince George.

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