Kate Middleton Is Much More Confident Now Then She Was When She First Joined the Royal Family

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has come a long way since she was first introduced to Prince William during their first year of college. The pair started off as friends during their first year at St. Andrew’s University, and their relationship quickly blossomed into something more.

Though they had their share of ups and downs the duchess and prince were determined to make their relationship work. 10 years after they first started dating, the pair tied the knot in front of the entire world. Now, nearly a decade later and after three children, the duo is preparing for their roles as the future Crowned King and Queen Consort.

Kate might seem well-suited for the role now, but she’s come a long way since her early years in the royal family. In fact, it’s only been in the last several years that the duchess has taken on her role with gusto. She’s proven that she’s much more confident in her royal journey then she was previously.

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Royal fans didn’t think Kate Middleton was good enough when began dating Prince William

In recent months amid Megxit and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Kate has been praised for stepping to the frontline of the royal family. She’s become one of the main faces of the royals, advocating for mental health as well as early childhood education and development. However, according to royal expert Katie Nicholl, Kate hasn’t always been the subject of admiration. Queen Elizabeth wasn’t sure she could handle the hectic royal schedule. Meanwhile, royal fans weren’t too sure about her either. In the documentary, William and Kate: Too Good to Be True? , Nicholl explained,

Her suitability as a royal bride was questioned and she was mocked for waiting around for a proposal. The problem for Kate was that she did not have a career plan. William’s career path had already been mapped out. He was going to go to Sandhurst and after that, he was going to go into the RAF. Kate’s career path was far less certain and she did become the topic of a lot of negative stories. She was even called Waity-Katie.

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Kate Middleton is being praised for her royal work

The duchess is being praised right now, but years of experience have prepared her for this current royal moment. “She knows the importance of the institution and her role to play,” an insider told People. “She knows that being a member of the royal family is a bit like having a contract, you sign on the dotted line and you deliver Kate is in her element right now, she’s really stuck at it and persevered with what she believes in.”

According to Tatler Magazine, Kate knows how to survive and thrive in the royal family, something her sister-in-law, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, never mastered.

“I’ve spent quite a lot of time around Kate and she is impenetrable,” a source told Tatler Magazine. “There is nothing to like or dislike. She has a ruthless survival streak, just like the House of Windsor. It’s why she is so well suited. She keeps her head down because the prize of being queen is so great. She models herself on the Queen and now speaks like the Queen.”

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Kate Middleton is much more confident now then she was in the past

It took some time for Kate to find her stride in royal life, but now that her time has come to shine, she’s more confident than ever. “There is no doubt that Kate has hugely grown in confidence since joining the Royal Family,” royal author Victoria Murphy told Yahoo UK.” She added,

At the beginning she was very keen to learn the ropes and look to others for guidance over what she should be doing and you could sense that. But gradually she’s started to take the lead more and now it feels much more like she is a driving force when it comes to the types of causes she and William are taking on and the way they approach their work. I think she still remains more of a team player than a leader though and perhaps more of a listener than a talker, but I think these qualities are well-suited to her current and future roles.