The Princess of Wales had a ‘phenomenal’ mentor in The Queen and is ‘not trying to emulate’ Princess Diana in her new role, an expert has claimed.
Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl – author of The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown – said the late monarch offered the Princess enormous support ahead of her marriage into the Royal Family in 2011.
Addressing Ok! , the expert said Her Majesty “made her private office and ladies-in-waiting” available to Kate ahead of the royal wedding so she could familiarize herself with the inner workings of royal life.
The author said: ‘[This meant Kate] could go and talk to them firsthand about what it was like to do royal engagements and how to behave. And she accepted that offer and made sure to enjoy that experience.
The royal author claims the Queen was hugely supportive of the Princess of Wales and made her private office and ladies-in-waiting available to her before she married into the Royal Family in 2011. The Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen pictured together at Leicester in March 2012
The expert says the new Princess of Wales is not trying to ‘imitate’ her late mother-in-law and is ‘paying respect’ by wearing her jewelery again. Princess Diana pictured at a royal event in the 1990s
In turn, the expert pointed out that Kate always prioritized spending time with the late Queen – who wanted to ensure the future Princess of Wales was ‘well prepared’ to take on the role.
Referencing how the couple took their children Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, to Balmoral each summer, she added: ‘Those were precious moments and valuable for Kate to develop a close relationship with the Queen.
“And they had a good relationship. Part of this relationship was mentorship and the queen could pass on her guidance, values and guidance.
As her mother-in-law was the last royal to hold the title of Princess of Wales, the expert said Kate was aware she had “great shoes” to fill.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl said the Princess of Wales prioritized spending the summer with the children and the Queen at Balmoral because they were ‘precious and treasured’ times. The Queen and Duchess of Cambridge pictured in July 2011
Left: Princess Diana wears the Lover’s Knot tiara to a state banquet in 1982. Right: The Princess of Wales wore the tiara to a state banquet at Buckingham Palace last week. Katie Nicholl says the Princess of Wales likes to ‘pay homage’ to her mother-in-law with her style choices instead of ‘imitating’ her in the role
However, the expert says Kate intends to “carve out her own identity” in her new position.
“She doesn’t let anything overshadow or overwhelm the Princess of Wales she wants to be,” Katie added. “I think it’s to his credit and his confidence.”
Rather than directly impersonating Princess Diana, the expert says the Princess of Wales prefers to pay homage to her with her jewelry.
At a state banquet at Buckingham Palace last week, the mother-of-three paired her bespoke white Jenny Packham dress with the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, which was a wedding gift to Princess Diana.
She completed her tiara with diamond and pearl earrings which also belonged to her late mother-in-law, and wore a blue sash as well as the Order of the Royal Family, consisting of a portrait of the Queen on a yellow ribbon.
The Princess of Wales (pictured speaking to a baby girl at the unveiling of a Windrush Generation statue in June 2022) wrote a post highlighting the importance of focusing on early childhood development
Kate, 40 (pictured during a visit to nursery in Edinburgh in 2021) has long been an advocate for early childhood development and the importance of focusing on how children are nurtured in the first five years of life their life
Since taking on her new title of Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton has made sure one thing stays high on her list of priorities: the mental health of younger generations in the UK.
The Princess, who spoke often about mental health and wellbeing when she was Duchess of Cambridge, wrote about the importance of nurturing and understanding the early years this weekend as part of her campaign to improve the young people’s well-being.
Since assuming her new title following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, many of the Princess’ public engagements have centered on the mental well-being of children, young people and adults, from directing a show news on teenage mental health on BBC Radio 1 to a visit to a neonatal unit in Surrey which cares for new mothers.
Writing in The Telegraph, mother-of-three Kate highlighted the importance of the early years of a child’s life, from pregnancy to age five, in shaping their well-being throughout their lifetime. life, while the brain develops rapidly. She called on parents and professionals to recognize the “unique potential of early childhood” in creating a safe, loving and nurturing environment for every child.
The Princess of Wales cited issues such as homelessness, poor mental health and substance abuse, noting that the first five years of a child’s life are critical in shaping their fate as adults. She called for more focus on these early years in order to effectively tackle these issues.
She concluded: ‘I am determined to continue to shine a light on this issue and to do all I can to bring more focus to those crucial early years for the youngest members of our society – they are, after everything, our future. ‘
Kate’s opinion piece reflects years of work in early years, mother and teen mental health as she continues her crusade to improve the nation’s well-being.
Last year, Kate launched the Royal Foundation Center for Early Childhood, set up to place greater emphasis on the early years of a child’s life with an impact on later life.
According to its website, the center focuses on three main areas: research on the importance of early childhood; working with the public, private and voluntary sectors to share knowledge; and campaign to raise awareness of the issue.