The Sad Reason Kate Middleton and Prince William Got a Popularity Boost

 The royal family has had a pretty crazy year in 2019. And so far, it looks as if the queen and her family may face a whole new set of challenges in 2020.

People from all over the world have always been interested in the royal family. It seems like no matter what country any member of the royal family is traveling to, they are greeted by thousands of fans who have waited for hours in various weather conditions just to get a quick glimpse at them.

While every member of the royal family has been extremely popular, there have been some recent events that have pushed Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s popularity up to a whole new level.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that they were stepping down from their royal duties

Earlier this year, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex made a bold that many are now calling “Megxit.” 

On January 8, 2020, Prince Harry and his wife shocked the world when they announced on their Instagram page that they would be stepping down as ‘senior’ members of the royal family. In the statement, they said that they still fully intended to support the queen and their other charities, but they wanted to “balance” their “time between the UK and North America.”

Many fans of the royal family were completely caught off guard by the news and others were heartbroken Prince Harry and Meghan would no longer be working royals. However, there were several other fans who were not surprised by the statement and understood that Prince Harry and Meghan have had a desire to raise their son, Archie, in a more private setting.

What does the future hold for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

Prince Harry did not only shock the world when he announced that he and Meghan would be stepping down and moving to North America. He also reportedly surprised his grandmother, the queen.

Because the queen did not know about Prince Harry and Meghan’s plans, the queen was not able to make a decision regarding the duke and duchesses future when they first made the announcement.

A few days after Prince Harry’s shocking announcement, the Duke and Duchesses of Sussex, as well as Prince Charles and Prince William all met with the queen to discuss how their family should proceed. It was decided that both Prince Harry and Meghan would be losing their HRH titles, they would no longer get be able to work on their many charities, and they would have to pay back the over $3 million dollars in tax payer’s money that they spent to renovate the Frogmore Cottage.

Recently, Prince Harry gave a speech at a charity event in London. Before talking about the charity, Harry first addressed the elephant in the room and talked about him stepping down from his royal duties.

“Before I begin, I must say that I can only imagine what you may have heard or perhaps read over the last few weeks,” Prince Harry had said to the crowd. “So, I want you to hear the truth from me, as much as I can share, not as a prince or a duke, but as Harry; the same person that many of you watched grow up over the last 35 years.”

Prince Harry then went on to say that he loves the U.K. and he loves his family, but he felt that stepping down from his royal duties was the best decision for him, his wife, and their son.

“What I want to make clear is we are not walking away and we are certainly not walking away from you,” Prince Harry continued. “My hope was to continue to serve the queen, the CommonWealth, and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible. I’ve accepted this knowing that it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton get a “huge boost”

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Chris Jackson / Getty Images for St James’s Palace

For all of their lives, Prince Harry and Prince William have navigated life together and had forged a powerful partnership that brought joy to many people. Because the brothers have been such a great team for most of their lives, fans are starting to sense that Prince William is a little sad without his brother by his side.

Recently, Prince William and Kate attended a royal event in Bradford, UK. According to Fox News, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received a very warm welcome from the audience at the event. 

Royal expert, Kate Nicholl, said that the reception that Prince William and Kate received helped to lift their spirits.

“The warm reception that William and Kate received gave them a huge boost,” Nicholls had said. “They stuck to the tried-and-tested approach, promoting a united royal family and it’s a success.”

Because many people are feeling sad about Prince Harry stepping down and know that his actions have also hurt Prince William, many people are going out of their way to show the Duke of Cambridge their support and it is obviously helping Prince William feel much better.