Kate Middleton Had a ‘Crippling Fear’ That She Needed to Get Over, Royal Expert Claims

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge reportedly had a “crippling fear” that was a bit of an issue given that she is such a high profile member of the royal family. According to one royal expert, Kate has had to deal with a fear of public speaking but, based on her more recent appearances, she seems to have overcome it.

Kate Middleton during a meeting at Áras an Uachtaráin on March 03, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland
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Public speaking hasn’t come easily to Kate

While Kate has, by all appearances, acclimated to life in the royal family, an expert claims there’s one area that she’s had to work through.

The details of Kate’s fear were revealed by royal expert Camilla Tominey during the 2017 podcast series Images of Diana for BBC Radio 5 Live. “I also think it’s difficult for Kate individually because I think she’s intrinsically quite shy,” the expert noted, adding, “I think she could do herself more credit by speaking more.”

“She’s had this crippling fear of public speaking which Arthur [Edwards, royal photographer] and I have seen first hand — and the rest of the people in the press pack — when she has had to address crowds that she needs to get over,” Tominey added. “Because if the royals are to be modern and very 21st century, princesses need to be heard as well as seen.”

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Her voice should be heard, expert says

By comparison, Tominey called Princess Diana “magical,” noting, “because as well as looking good, if she took to the podium, she would actually say something pretty significant.”

Edwards shared his perspective about how Kate has had plenty to talk about, given the charities she supports. “I think she should speak more about her causes, they’re worthwhile charities, the hospice shops, they’re brilliant what she does, but they don’t get the publicity that they deserve,” he noted.

Edwards continued, “[Instead] it’s all about what she looks like, what she wears, when she’s had her haircut.”

Kate has been more accessible

Kate has proven to be more relatable and accessible during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as she and Prince William have had to put in-person appearances on the back burner and instead do everything virtually. Expert Leslie Carroll shared with Express how, after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry left the royal family, Kate has stepped up and become more visible.

“Meghan has the warmth and accessibility that Diana had, which are some of the qualities that Harry fell in love with when he met her,” Carroll noted.

She added, “That said — in Meghan’s absence, and particularly during the coronavirus lockdown, Kate has been compelled to step to the forefront a lot more. Even from behind her keyboard and computer screen, she has become more visible and accessible.”

“She is naturally more diffident than Meghan; the openness with strangers doesn’t come naturally to her, although she can speak candidly on subjects close to her heart, such as parenting,” Carroll concluded.

Additionally, Prince William and Kate showed a more relaxed side of themselves during their virtual appearances. “These Zoom calls really provide this insight into their lives and their personal goings-on that we don’t normally see. It is like the unglossy version of them but I still love to see that side of them,” expert Rachel Bowie shared during the Royally Obsessed podcast.