The Royal Couple’s Year of Changes
Kate Middleton and Prince William constantly think of Queen Elizabeth. According to royal author Sally Bedell Smith, the couple “are maintaining a good balance between fulfilling their duties and educating their children as privately as possible,” although the thought of the sovereign who passed away on September 8, 2022 is always strong and burning, especially on the first anniversary of her death. For Kate Middleton and William, this has been a year of constant changes.
Paying Homage to the Queen
Not only because they are now direct heirs of Charles, but also because they try, in one way or another, to pay homage to the queen in the most respectful and delicate way possible, carrying on her style and teachings. “The prince was incredibly close to his grandmother,” says a source close to the family to People. “She was a very important part of his life and a true supporter of his work, and I’m sure he and the princess miss her presence a lot.” In the last 12 months, the Prince and Princess of Wales have carried out a work that will be central in their lives for decades to come: Kate Middleton has, in fact, approved an initiative for early childhood thanks to Shaping Us, while William is focusing on a new project for the homeless entitled Homewards and is strengthening his institutional role, meeting, among others, President Joe Biden in Boston.
Family Life and Relations with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
In addition to royal duties, William and Kate Middleton’s family life has also undergone a huge change. The first day at Lambrook School for Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 8, and Prince Louis, 5, was, in fact, the day of the Queen’s death. Since then, the children have been more visible than ever, participating in important family and formal events while Charles has bestowed William and Kate with the titles of Prince and Princess of Wales, titles previously held by the same Charles and his first wife, Princess Diana. “Charles is paving the way for them, and both are involved in the decision-making process behind the scenes. They are ready and willing to do their work,” a friend of the princess tells People, but always confirming the attachment to the queen, “who has played a very important role in all their lives.” Meanwhile, relations with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle remain cold and distant. When talk of Harry’s return to London to attend the WellChild charity awards before moving to Germany for the Invictus Games was in the air, many hoped for a reunion with his brother and father, but unfortunately it did not happen.