The Real Reason Kate Middleton Isn’t Joining Prince William On His Next Royal Tour

Being a senior member of the British royal family comes with a great deal of responsibility. In addition to representing the United Kingdom and various charities thought the U.K. — outreach to allies and the commonwealth are also vitally important.

Now that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have grown older and Prince Charles is taking on more responsibility as he prepares to take the throne — a ton of outreach to the Commonwealth has fallen to the next generation, the Cambridges and the Sussexes.

Before their six-week holiday hiatus — Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle embarked on a royal tour to South Africa. Following their tour — Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton headed off on a five-day royal tour to Pakistan. Prince William is set to head off on another tour in the coming weeks, but Duchess Kate Middleton won’t be joining him.

Prince William will embark on a royal tour to Kuwait without Duchess Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton is one of the most beloved members of the British Royal family. Since she began dating Prince William in 2001, the Duchess of Cambridge has dazzled fans with her sunny smile and sparkling attitude. Fans rooted for the pair even during their brief breakup prior to their wedding in April 2011. Therefore, many people raised their eyebrows when they discovered the price would be leaving his wife behind for a four-day royal tour in the Middle East. The prince will visit Kuwait and Oman from December 1 to December 5.

Duchess Kate Middleton is staying home with her children for the duration of the Christmas holiday

Since the duke and duchess have just returned from Pakistan and their three small children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis will be looking forward to the holidays — Middleton decided to opt-out of this particular adventure.

When Prince George and Princess Charlotte break from school for the holidays — the Cambridges typically head to their country home in Norfolk — Anmer Hall. We don’t think the duchess wanted to disappoint her children by altering or delaying their annual holiday traditions.

Also, the children all share one nanny — Maria Borrallo, who lives with the Cambridges year-round. However, Borrallo might have had her own personal holiday plans in place before the royal tour to Kuwait arose.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will join Queen Elizabeth for Christmas this year

Some royal fans were miffed when Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle announced they would not be spending Christmas with Queen Elizabeth and the royal family at the queen’s Sandringham Estate this year. However, the Cambridges have also chosen to alternate which years they’ve done Christmas with the queen. Sometimes, they choose to spend the holiday season with the duchess’ family — the Middletons.

However, this year — the Cambridges are expected to visit with the royals where they will engage in a gag gifts exchange, a traditional Christmas dinner and even a bit of hunting.

We’re mostly just excited for the little princes and princess. The holiday season is always grand when you’re a kid.