The Clever Way Queen Elizabeth Shows Support for Kate Middleton

Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Cambridge recently took on an engagement together at King’s College in London. Since it was the duchess‘ first solo appearance with the queen, many press outlets and royal followers were especially interested in the event. Some even saw it as a heartwarming occasion where Her Majesty gave much-needed support to Kate Middleton.

So what exactly happened and how did Queen Elizabeth show love and care for one of her granddaughters-in-law?

The Duchess of Cambridge has been getting less media attention

When Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011, she became a media sensation and the most talked-about royal family member for several years. Even though she was generally a private person who liked to avoid the press whenever possible, everything she did was photographed and dissected by people all over the world.

However, with the addition of Meghan Markle into the royal family last year, the spotlight got shifted from the Duchess of Cambridge to the new Duchess of Sussex. Being a biracial American actress and divorcee, it came as no surprise that Meghan Markle managed to attract a lot of curiosity from the public. These days, the media has not ceased to constantly publish headlines about Meghan Markle, especially with her and Prince Harry’s new baby on the way.

How Queen Elizabeth shows support for Kate Middleton

The recent event at King’s College was one way for the queen to help the Duchess of Cambridge get some recognition back, especially since Kate Middleton is married to the future king and is also the mother of a future heir. Normally, the duchess would accompany Her Majesty alongside at least one other royal family member. However, Queen Elizabeth decided to give Kate Middleton the spotlight on this unprecedented occasion

A source shared with the website Best Life: “Her Majesty is aware of all the attention her relationship with the Duchess of Sussex has gotten and all the media attention she is receiving surrounding her pregnancy. The queen thought this would be a good time to offer the Duchess of Cambridge a public show of support. She is very fond of her.”

At King’s College, the two of them took a tour of the school’s research facilities, got up close with some robots, and met a few entrepreneurial students. The queen and the duchess seemed to enjoy each other’s company and were even spotted sharing a blanket in their car.

Another source said: “The Queen is very pleased by the way in which Catherine conducts herself, supports William, and is wonderful with their young children. She never seeks to be the center of attention which is something Her Majesty admires about her.”

Queen Elizabeth’s relationship with Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle

Unlike Kate Middleton, however, Meghan Markle went on her first engagement alone with the queen only about a month after joining the royal family. In June 2018, the new Duchess of Sussex accompanied Her Majesty on an overnight trip to unveil a bridge.

While Queen Elizabeth herself has never shared the reason for why it took her this long before allowing the Duchess of Cambridge to come by herself  to an event, there have been a few speculations.

Kate Middleton on her first solo appearance with Queen Elizabeth
Kate Middleton on her first solo appearance with Queen Elizabeth | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Some people believe that the queen and Kate Middleton did not have the best relationship when Middleton was still Prince William’s girlfriend. Her Majesty was critical and did not know whether she was capable of taking on royal responsibilities. However, the two of them reportedly have mended their relationship over the years and the queen especially likes the Duchess of Cambridge’s work as a mother.

In contrast to this, some have said that Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle seem to get along a lot better. Perhaps it is because Markle herself is a former actress and is already very used to doing philanthropic work in the public eye that makes the queen more comfortable with her as a royal.

But no matter who Queen Elizabeth prefers, one cannot deny that she isn’t making an effort to give the two duchesses a lot of support.