Royal Expert Claims Kate Middleton Will Be ‘Instrumental’ to Queen Elizabeth During Harry and Meghan’s Return

Kate Middleton’s importance to the royal family will be on full display as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit becomes official. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set for one last public appearance on behalf of the crown, and sources say Queen Elizabeth is relying heavily on Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, to ensure everything goes smoothly. With all the drama Megxit has drummed up so far, Kate definitely has her hands full on this one.

Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepare for a big transition

Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have been lying low in Canada for the past two months as they iron out the final details of their departure. Harry flew back home at the end of February and Meghan recently joined him in the UK to perform their last duties as members of the royal family.

To that end, Harry and Meghan are scheduled to join the rest of the royal family for the Commonwealth Day service next week. All of the senior members of the monarchy will be in attendance, including Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Queen Elizabeth.

According to Express, royal expert Angela Mollard recently discussed the upcoming event and how it represents a “transition phase” for the royals.

“This is his final royal event before they live more permanently in Canada,” Mollard shared. “This was the transition phase that the Queen talked about and then of course after April the new sort of way of being comes into play.”

Mollard added that she hopes the Cambridges and the Sussexes are friendly towards each other at the service. If not, she believes it would be “absolutely disastrous” for the royal family.

The royals step up their game

With Harry and Meghan stepping away from the spotlight, other royals have been picking up the slack. Charles and William have both taken on more responsibility in recent months, as has Kate.

In fact, Mollard argued that Kate Middleton’s role in the royal family will be very important in the months and years to come. Not only will she be appearing more often at public engagements, but she will also be preparing for the day when William takes the throne.

“Kate is pivotal in this,” Mollard stated. “I think this is what is really interesting. She recently went solo at a NATO reception at Buckingham Palace while William was in the Middle East. She greeted world leaders and she represented the country alongside the Queen.” 

Fans can expect to see more from Kate Middleton in the coming months, especially after Harry and Meghan’s exit becomes finalized on March 31. After that, the Sussexes are expected to retire to North America, where they will be spending the majority of their time.

But before that happens, the couple is set for one last appearance with Harry’s family — and Queen Elizabeth is relying on Kate to ensure nothing goes awry.

Kate Middleton will be instrumental in upcoming events

Harry and Meghan’s involvement at the Commonwealth Day service could go either way for the royals. If things go well, then it could offer an easier transition for the couple and potentially open the door for their return down the road.

But if things go bad, then it will reflect poorly on the monarchy, which is why Queen Elizabeth wants to ensure they put on a united front at the event.

With that in mind, Mollard revealed that Queen Elizabeth will be relying heavily on Kate Middleton to help balance things out.

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“I think their PR teams respectively will want to put on a united front,” Mollard explained. “I think Kate in these situations always looks like the great family pacifier, she is always smiling and laughing. She will be instrumental in what happens on that day.”

Queen Elizabeth putting her trust in Kate, who has been an ideal daughter-in-law, is not a big surprise given how close they have become in recent years. During a recent appearance at the theater, for example, Kate paid tribute to Her Majesty by wearing her diamond chandelier earrings.

How do Kate Middleton and Prince William really feel about Megxit?

While the royal family prepares for their next big event, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express that William and Kate are very unhappy with how Harry and Meghan have handled Megxit.

A few weeks ago, the Sussexes released a statement on their website confirming some of the details regarding their exit. This includes how they will no longer use their royal titles, a move that effectively ends their charitable foundation, Sussex Royal.

The statement included some subtle jabs at the royals and how they handled the negotiations, which Prince William and Kate Middleton did not appreciate.

“The fact that the Sussexes behaved as they did was a severe blow to the monarchy,” Fitzwilliams said. “William and Kate, together with George and his siblings, are the future of the monarchy. They will not have appreciated the way the Sussexes have so flagrantly disrespected the Queen and shown such open disregard for the institution.”

Harry and Meghan have not commented on the reports surrounding their final round of public engagements or their reunion with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton. Following the Commonwealth Day service, they are expected to return to Canada to reunite with their son, Archie Harrison.