Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has officially been part of the royal family for a decade, and her popularity continues to grow. Recently she’s become even more active in connecting with the public. And according to a royal expert, the mom of three is ready to be adored “like Diana.”
Kate Middleton and Prince William are revamping their public image
As lockdown restrictions are easing in the U.K., Kate is starting to make public appearances again. She’s been sharing copies of her pandemic photography book Hold Still while making visits to places such as the Royal London Hospital and the National Portrait Gallery.
The duchess and her husband, Prince William, have also been busy rebranding their social media. The couple has ditched the Kensington Palace moniker and have now named their Instagram account “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.” They even added a candid photo as a profile pic.
The future king and queen consort also recently launched a new YouTube channel to stay connected with their fans.
Is the Duchess of Cambridge boring or perfect?
William and Kate’s YouTube welcome video started off with an apparent off-the-cuff conversation between the two. Then, it cut to a montage of the couple making public appearances over the years.
“By the way, be careful what you say now because these guys, they’re filming everything,” William tells his wife. She replies, “I know!” while laughing.
As Vogue pointed out, the video is filled with shots of Kate appearing “simultaneously polished yet relatable, warm yet professional, stylish yet sensible.”
The optimists of the world may see Kate as the perfect royal while the pessimists may dismiss her as boring. But when it comes down to it, the reality is she’s a little bit of both.
Kate is an active royal who does a lot of charity work and attracts a lot of press coverage. But at the same time, she stays in her lane and doesn’t cause controversy like her in-laws, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Kate Middleton remains a popular royal
Over the past year and a half, the royal family has dealt with some seriously sensational press coverage. From Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey to Prince Andrew’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein, the royal family has been through it.
Even so, Kate has remained extremely popular with the U.K. public. A recent YouGov survey found the vast majority of citizens believed she would make a good queen someday.
The Duchess of Cambridge is always one of the top three most popular royals, according to public polling data. The only one who routinely comes out ahead of Kate is Queen Elizabeth. And on occasion, Kate’s husband will pull better numbers.
Being a royal is not a fairy tale
The fact that Kate has become so popular with the U.K. public while also being well-liked by the royal family is quite an accomplishment. The Firm doesn’t have the best history with welcoming new members into the family. Case in point: her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.
Diana did say that she felt unprepared to deal with the media attention and scrutiny that came with marrying Prince Charles.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex essentially said the same thing when she told Winfrey she “didn’t fully understand what the job was.” Sarah Ferguson has also noted that her experience with the royal family was “not a fairy tale.”
Still, Kate has managed to carry on with her duties in the face of crisis or scandal. And one royal expert thinks Kate is ready to be adored like Diana.
Royal expert thinks Kate Middleton is ‘coming into her own’
Diana had trouble with the royal family, but the British public adored her. Now, Kate is ready for that same adoration, says royal expert Duncan Larcombe.
According to The Mirror, Larcombe believes there’s been a “sea change” from both William and Kate since Harry and Meghan’s interview with Winfrey.
Larcombe explained that William and Kate are allowing “more of their personal side to come across.” He also noted that Kate is “really coming into her own” and that this could be the start of a new era for the Duchess of Cambridge.
“The last year has given her confidence and proved she is a strong, reliable figure able to take on engagements on her own,” Larcombe said, adding that the public is ready to “adore” Kate like they did Princess Diana. “Kate is now finally starting to fill the shoes she’s been wearing for a decade.”