Prince William and Kate Middleton Are Still ‘Reeling’ From Harry and Meghan Exit Claims Royal Expert

It might be a long time before Prince William and Kate Middleton get over Megxit. A royal expert claims that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are still “reeling” following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s stunning decision to quit the royal family. Not only is Prince William going to miss his brother dearly, but the couple is also preparing to take on more responsibility as the royals attempt to get things back on track.

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How are Prince William and Kate Middleton handling the family drama?

At the start of the year, Harry and Meghan announced their plan to step down as senior members of the royal family. The announcement shocked royal watchers around the world and reportedly blindsided Queen Elizabeth.

In the days following the announcement, Harry took part in several meetings with Her Majesty, Prince Charles, and William at Sandringham. After much deliberation, Queen Elizabeth announced that she supports the couple’s decision and will reassess the situation next year.

Since then, Prince William and Kate have participated in several royal engagements. This includes hosting their first solo reception at Buckingham Palace. Although the couple put on a good public face, one royal expert believes they showed signs of severe stress.

“I think the severity of what’s happened has had a huge impact on his brother, on his sister-in-law,” expert Katie Nicholl stated. “Both of them are still reeling from the news, coming to terms with the reality of this situation.”

There is no doubt that Prince William and Kate Middleton will be taking on more responsibility as a result of Harry and Meghan’s exit. The added stress they are under is also completely understandable as it has only been a few weeks since the decision was announced.

What will happen to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

After meeting with Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, and Prince Charles, Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Harry and Meghan will no longer perform duties on behalf of the crown.

The two have also been stripped of their royal titles and will stop being referred to as his or her royal highness. They will, however, retain their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and are keeping their charitable organization, Sussex Royal.

In their original announcement, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed that they will be splitting time between North America and the U.K. Queen Elizabeth later confirmed that the two are planning on moving to Canada.

Because the Sussexes will no longer accept public funding, they will need to find a way to make money in the professional world. A source of income will be needed to fund their annual expenses as well as the purchase of a new home in Canada.

Kate prepares for a bigger role in the royal family

While Harry and Meghan are reducing their roles, Kate has been increasing her responsibilities over the past two years. Since Prince William is second in line to the throne, Kate Middleton has been taking on more public engagements and speaking gigs as she prepares to become Queen Consort.

This week, for example, Kate and Prince William hosted their first solo reception at Buckingham Palace. According to Express, they were joined by Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son, Prince Edward, and his wife, Sophie. Princess Anne was also at the event to help greet guests.

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Although Kate did an amazing job putting up a united front, body language experts believe that she showed signs of stress and sadness.

“In between the smiles and laughter, though, there are a couple of glimpses of a sadder, more reflective facial expression, both in the car and just before she enters the room to go on the royal ‘stage’, that might reveal some clues about her true emotions,” expert Judi James shared.

James noted that Queen Elizabeth sent her best team of royals to help Prince William and Kate Middleton at the reception. Her Majesty is still on her winter break in Sandringham and was not available for the event.

Did Meghan Markle upstage Kate Middleton?

Kate is clearly doing her best to keep the monarchy moving forward, but some royal watchers believe Meghan recently upstaged her on social media.

This week, Kate traveled to Cardiff and appeared at the Ely and Careau Children’s Center. The event was part of Kate’s initiative, 5 big questions on the under 5s, and she later posted photos from the event on to her and Prince William’s Instagram account.

Shortly after the post, Meghan shared multiple images of her recent visit to a dog shelter in London. The timing of the post left fans speculating that Meghan was deliberating trying to outshine Kate, though it may have simply been a timing issue.

Even still, fans heavily criticized Meghan for sharing photos on the same day as Kate.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have not commented on the rumors surrounding Harry and Meghan’s exit.