Kate’s ‘watershed moment’ transforms Duchess into one of monarchy’s most influential stars

Kate Middleton: Vigil visit ‘not sinister’ says royal expert

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Kate was pictured looking at flowers laid at the memorial for Ms Everard at the South London park on Saturday, who was killed on her way home earlier this month. Royal expert Camilla Tominey said Kate’s surprising appearance showed she was “taking back her own narrative” following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s explosive interview with Oprah. She told the Daily Telegraph: “Her unexpected presence at Saturday’s ‘banned’ vigil on Clapham Common, when she let it be known that she ‘remembers what it was like to walk around London at night before she was married’, marked a real watershed for the once-passive Catherine, asserting her credentials as one of the monarchy’s most influential members.”

Ms Tominey said the move added “to the impression that the Cambridges are taking back control of their own narrative in the face of the Sussexes’ ‘truth’.”

Kensington Palace said Kate wanted to join the hundreds of people gathered at the common’s bandstand so she could “pay her respects to the family and to Sarah”.

The palace added: “She remembers what it was like to walk around London at night before she was married.”

Ms Everard went missing as she made her way home to Brixton on the night of March 3.

She was later confirmed to have been found dead in woodlands in Kent.

Met Police officer Wayne Couzens has been charged with her murder and kidnapping.

Kate’s visit came just days after Meghan and Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey sent shockwaves through the Royal Family.

Oprah asked about a tabloid story that claimed that Meghan made Kate cry just before her wedding over a row about bridesmaid dresses.

But Meghan said she was actually the one who was reduced to tears.

She told Oprah: “A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something pertaining—yes, the issue was correct about flower girl dresses.

“It made me cry and it really hurt my feelings.

“I thought in the context of everything else that was going on in those days leading to the wedding that it didn’t make sense to not be just doing what everyone else was doing, which was try to be supportive, knowing what was going on with my dad and whatnot.”

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The couple even claimed a member of the Royal Family had asked about Archie’s skin tone.

Harry said during the interview: “That conversation, I’m never going to share.

“But at the time, it was awkward. I was a bit shocked.”

Kate has not personally spoken about the claims by Meghan.

However, Kate and William visited a school in East London last week to speak to teachers involved in its re-opening following lockdown.

During the engagement, William responded to Meghan and Harry’s claim the colour of their son’s skin had been raised.

The Duke told reporters the Royal Family “is very much not racist.”

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