Kate Middleton ‘Thriving’ After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Exit Drama: Her Quiet Confidence Is Winning Over Fans

Following Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex‘s departure from their royal duties, many looked to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge to see how they handled the family drama. Those analyzing the Cambridges’ every move found that Kate seems to be doing well, with one expert claiming she appears to be “thriving” now that Prince Harry and Meghan are gone.

Kate Middleton joins a workshop run by the National Portrait Gallery's Hospital Programme at Evelina Children's Hospital
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Prince Harry and Meghan announced their plans to leave the royal family

In early January, Prince Harry and Meghan announced that they would be taking a “step back” as senior royals. Queen Elizabeth called a special meeting to discuss the Sussexes’ plan and approved their request, with some conditions — they would no longer use their HRH titles, nor would they receive public funding.

Kate is doing very well, despite the drama

It’s been business as usual for Prince William and Kate, who hosted an event and have stepped out for engagements after Prince Harry and Meghan made their move to Canada.

Kate, in particular, has been the focus for some royal experts, with royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams sharing that she is “impeccable” and is “thriving,” post-Sussex exit.

“In the wake of Megxit and Prince Andrew’s disgrace the Royal Family has had its worst period since the 1990s,” he told Express, adding, “Yet it is unwise ever to underestimate its capacity to reinvent itself.”

Fitzwilliams continued: “This has been a period which Kate has handled impeccably and imaginatively. It isn’t just a matter of photo opportunities or growing in confidence as a public speaker.”

Fitzwilliams pointed to Kate’s recent engagement where she “combined her commitment to children’s welfare with her creative side… Her work for children was especially imaginative in the nationwide survey she recently launched to assist the development of under-fives and she went on a tour to promote this.”

He also pointed to Kate and William hosting a reception at Buckingham Palace for those attending the UK-Africa Investment Summit, calling it “highly successful.”

Fitzwilliams noted: “Whether it is her commitment to helping children, the enchanting gardens she designs or her status as a fashion icon Kate is certainly thriving and attracting extremely positive global coverage at a time when the monarchy unquestionably needs her undoubted abilities.”

Daily Mail royal expert, Rebecca English, tweeted about Kate’s visit to Evelina London Children’s Hospital calling her more sure-footed. She shared: “A thought from today’s visit by the Duchess of Cambridge to @EvelinaLondon. Kate was noticeably more hands-on than I’ve seen her before, posing for umpteen pictures with patients & generally seemed more sure-footed. A post Megxit change? Who knows? But it went down well with patients.”

Is Kate stressed about their exit?

Despite Kate appearing to exude confidence following the Sussexes’ bombshell decision, one insider claims that the Duchess of Cambridge has anxiety and has been “in a panic” since they left.

Kate’s in a panic and has been having bouts of anxiety,” a source told Us Weekly, adding, “She barely has time to rest, and when she does try to sleep, her mind is constantly racing.”

The insider pointed to her busy work days and being a mom, sharing, “She’s already stretched pretty thin and now she’s really worried about how she’ll juggle the extra workload on top of her family life.”

The source further shared that the strained relationship between Meghan and Kate hasn’t improved, noting, “They couldn’t be further apart.”