- It’s a stressful time for Kate Middleton as her family settles into their new home and the kids go to a new school
- Middleton is embracing her new role as Princess of Wales and bringing a fresh perspective to it
- The Duchess of Cambridge will do her duty with humility and acknowledge the past in her own way
Kate Middleton is busy. But she embraces her new role well and brings a fresh perspective as the Princess of Wales.
The Prince and Princess of Wales are settling into their new home, the children’s new school and are in the spotlight after taking on a higher role in the monarchy following the death of Queen Elizabeth. Their children, Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, just had their first day at Lambrook School.
The report noted that it is a stressful time for the royal couple, especially for Middleton, who has just assumed the first title of Princess of Wales since Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana.
“He is a matriarch. Not in the sense of an older woman with a twin set and pearls, but she guides the family and advises [William] when she wants to,” Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Prince William’s former private secretary, told People.
King Charles bestowed the title of Prince and Princess of Wales on Prince William and Middleton after Queen Elizabeth’s death. He announced this in his inaugural speech as the new British monarch.
“Today, I am proud to create him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the country whose title I have been so privileged to bear during so much of my life and office,” said King Charles. “With Catherine at his side, our new Prince and Princess of Wales, I know, will continue to inspire and guide our national conversations, helping to bring the marginalized to the center where vital help can be given.”
Middleton has been compared to her late mother-in-law and her legacy.
The palace said Middleton “appreciates the history associated with this role but will understandably want to look to the future as she forges her own path.”
“She’s going to do it with humility and acknowledging the past but in her own way,” Lowder-Pinkerton added.
Middleton is breaking some royal traditions, such as keeping Prince George at home rather than at boarding school. The second-in-line to the throne watches Lambrock, a 15-minute drive from their new family home, Adelaide Cottage.
Prince William and Middleton try to do school drop-off and pick-up most days. This is not a new habit for the royal couple as they did it when Prince George attended classes at Thomas’s Battersea in London.
In 2018, Middleton was photographed stuck in traffic on her way to her son’s school to pick him up. The Duchess of Cambridge was behind the wheel of her Range Rover and seemed unfazed by the traffic as she appeared to smile in one photo.