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Kate shows future of the monarchy is in safe hands as fans pick sides

Kate Middleton and William attend concert at Westminster Abbey

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Kate, Princess of Wales, sailed into Westminster Abbey with her family tonight to cheers from an adoring crowd of royal fans. It was business as usual for Kate despite the continuing controversy over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix documentary, the final three episodes of which aired today.

There were cries of, “We love you Kate” as the Princess of Wales arrived at the historic abbey, the entrance to which was surrounded by Christmas trees, and a bank of photographers with their cameras flashing.

Crowds wrapped in winter coats, scarves and gloves, braved the cold to show their support for the Royal Family, who arrived in their droves in a show of unity as Kate hosted the Together at Christmas carol concert dedicated to Elizabeth II.

While there was warmth towards the arriving royals, Harry and Meghan’s series received a frosty reception from some gathered opposite the abbey.

Ella Santis, 32, a Brazilian teacher living in London, accused the Sussexes of treating the Royal Family in the same way Harry and Meghan say the Windsors have dealt with them.

She asked: “They say the Royal Family are smearing them, but aren’t they doing the same?”

The Duke of Sussex said in one episode released today that members of his family were upset over Meghan’s popularity and stealing the limelight from “those born to it”.

It was a veiled dig at those born into the Royal Family, but if the crowd’s response to tonight’s outing by the Waleses is anything to go by, the “limelight” is secure with them.

Kate, who entered the Royal Family by marriage, was, like Meghan, an outsider, but she has seemingly adapted to the role, whereas visitors to Buckingham Palace today questioned how well the Duchess of Sussex had managed to do the same.

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Laurine Ripoche, 26, from Nice, France, described Kate as her favourite royal, adding: “She is elegant. She represents the right image of the Royal Family.

“Meghan is provocative. They are not the same. [Meghan] is more modern as a woman. She shows how to be more free. It’s another way.”

Sharon Murray, 60, from Johannesburg, South Africa, was visiting the Palace with her family. A royal fan, she identified Kate and William as her favourites, adding: “I just love their graciousness. 

“They’re just really British. It’s so lovely… They are so elegant. They are the epitome of royalty. You can’t ask for more class.”

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While Kate and William’s appeal appears undiminished, if not strengthened by the Netflix series as fans rally to their side, Harry and Meghan still retain sympathy among royal fans.

Sharon’s son, Ryan Gray, 38, a civil engineer living in Newcastle, said his heart went out to Meghan when he watched the documentary. Sharon added the monarchy was powerful enough to withstand any criticism Harry and Meghan’s claims might provoke.

One such claim is that William “screamed and shouted” at Harry as he tried to reach a deal to leave the UK.

He said: “It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me and my father say things that just simply weren’t true. And my grandmother, you know, quietly sit there and take it all in.”

Despite the barrage of incendiary claims made in the documentary, Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace have declined to comment. 

Sharon said: “They’re just trying to tell their story.” 

To which Ryan added: “Harry is never going to be king. Maybe this is his way of having his say. He’s his mum’s boy. He’s one hundred percent like Princess Diana.

“I think Meghan has given him a bit of a back bone. Now he’s with her, she’s said, ‘You can open your mouth and say something. Maybe people don’t like the fact that he’s speaking.”

What seems clear, though, is that onlookers increasingly feel the urge to pick a side: a “modern” Meghan and Harry or perhaps the more traditional King Charles, Queen Consort Camilla, Prince William and Kate.

Sharon said: “There will always be people who are ‘Team Meghan and Harry’ or ‘Team William and Kate’. It’s the same in football. You support Liverpool or Manchester. Not both.”

What was evident among the adoring crowd outside Westminster Abbey tonight was royal fans have picked their side and are wholeheartedly cheering them on.

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