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‘Natural introvert’ Kate’s personal struggle unveiled: Duchess ‘doesn’t relish’ spotlight

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The revelation comes as Kate approaches her 40th birthday which reports say will be a subdued affair due to the ongoing conditions surrounding the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. Instead of a big party, the Duchess is expected to have a much smaller affair with just family and close friends.

Kate’s friend suggested that she is still “very much a future Queen in the making” but “struggles to mix with world leaders such as the Bidens’ because she’s a natural introvert.”

In recent times, the Duchess’ presence has grown on the world stage, especially in 2021 having taken on solo projects such as Hold Still and the Westminster Abbey Christmas Carol service.

Furthermore, her role also includes mixing with high profile figures on the world stage, such as visiting a school with Dr Jill Biden during the G7 summit in June last year.

But her presence is still “understated” her friend told Hello! claiming the Duchess has “quietly growing in confidence” 10 years after marrying into the royal family.

Her friend also claimed: “She still finds it quite challenging to mix with those sorts of players, the Biden’s, because she’s a natural introvert. But she’s really growing into the role.”

Discussing her ability to hold an audience when speaking, her friend claimed: “Public speaking is not something that she relishes doing, at all.

“She’s not a put yourself out there, extroverted type of person, it’s just not who she is.”

The friend added: “But she knows it’s an important way for her to make a positive contribution and there are some times that you need to get out there and speak for things you believe in.”

The Duchess, who lives at Kensington Palace in London, mingled with many world leaders as she attended COP26 in Glasgow and the G7 summit in Cornwall in 2021.

In June, she met with First Lady Jill Biden, 70, at the Connor Downs Academy near Camborne to meet with school children before hosting a round table discussion with UK education experts.

While in November she chatted to Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel and other world leaders during the COP26 summit and Earthshot awards.

Kate and William – who on Friday unveiled a photograph of themselves on the way to last year’s James Bond premiere to coincide with New Year’s Eve – missed out on the traditional Royal Family Christmas celebrations after the Queen was forced to cancel her plans to host the festivities at Sandringham.

Due to fears of the Omicron Covid variant, a smaller lunch was held at Windsor Castle while the Cambridges hosted Kate’s family at Anmer Hall, their country retreat on the Sandringham estate.

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Describing how Christmas day was for the family of five, an insider told US Weekly that Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, woke up at 5am to check whether Santa Claus had visited overnight.

The source claimed: “While Kate and William avoid overly spoiling the children, they let the rule slide at Christmas.”

George reportedly received a camping kit – including a tent, walkie-talkies and a flashlight – while Louis was given a climbing frame and Charlotte was treated to a children’s video camera.

They also opened several games and books.

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, treated his wife to a “beautiful bracelet” because he wanted to “make this Christmas extra special” said the source.

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