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Kate Middleton’s carol concert, Royal Carols: Together at Christmas, did more than honor coronavirus (COVID-19) frontline workers. Not only did the Duchess of Cambridge demonstrate her piano-playing skills but an expert says the event proved the British royal family has learned since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure.

Kate hosted and organized the Christmas TV special

Kate Middleton smiles wearing a red coat as she arrives at 'Together at Christmas' carol TV special
Kate Middleton | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

The 40-year-old didn’t just attend the concert at Westminster Abbey to pay tribute to COVID-19 volunteers, carers, and frontline workers. She also hosted and organized it, even putting a special message in the program. 

On the guestlist for Kate’s carol concert weren’t just her husband, Prince William, and other royals. The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, were also there. So were Kate’s siblings, James and Pippa, as well as her sister-in-law. 

Recorded on Dec. 8, 2021, the U.K.’s ITV aired Royal Carols: Together at Christmas on Christmas Eve. 

Kate’s carol concert demonstrated the royal family’s learned to work together

Kate’s carol concert did more than honor frontline workers. Royal author and expert, Bethan Holt, called it an example of the royal family working together as “one team,” per Express. She said it’s clear they’ve learned since Meghan and Harry stepped down as senior royals in 2020.  

“Even though they are a family, perhaps they’re always going to be a little bit, you know, put out if someone’s on the front page and they’re not,” Holt said during a guest spot on the Royally Obsessed podcast. “When it’s something they’ve been really bigging up.” 

She continued: “But I think perhaps the Harry and Meghan episode has taught them a little bit that they need to operate as one team and one family.” 

“And it was so nice at the carol service to see them all turning out together kind of thing,” she added, noting the “really interesting” dynamic of “the power of them as a whole unit.” 

It also demonstrated royals have learned to appreciate their differences

Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex sit next to each other as they hold programs
Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex | Yui Mok – WPA Pool/Getty Images

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What’s more, Kate’s carol concert showed that, perhaps, the royal family’s entered a new phase in the post-Meghan and Harry era. Specifically, where they’ve stopped trying to one-up each other. Instead, she hopes they’re embracing everyone’s individual strengths. 

“I hope that we’re coming through that sort of competition phase and competitive [stage] to something where, everyone realises that everyone has different talents, different powers,” Holt said. “And that’s appreciated rather than kind of taken as a slight.”

Remember all those bombshells Meghan and Harry dropped in their March 2021 Oprah Winfrey interview? Among them was a comment from the Duke of Sussex about how Meghan’s relationship with the royal family changed after their 2018 tour of Australia. 

“My father, my brother, Kate, and all the rest of the family, they were really welcoming,” the now-37-year-old said. “But it really changed after the Australia tour, after our South Pacific tour. It was the first time that the family got to see how incredible [Meghan] is at the job.”