Kate and William under pressure as future of Royal Family ‘very much in their hands’

Kate and William had to 'step up duties' for Queen says Nicholl

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Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, are reportedly a couple “who want to be respected” as they take on a more high-profile role within the Royal Family. With the Queen currently suffering a bout of ill health and Prince Charles maintaining his plans for a future slimmed-down monarchy, the Cambridges are aware that they are the future of the Royal Family and are determined to “be relevant”.

Speaking on the programme ‘Kate: A Young Queen In Waiting’, royal expert Katie Nicholl said: “This is a couple who want to be respected, who want to work hard, who want to be able to connect with the couple, who want to be relevant.

“They realise I think better than anyone else that the future, the success of the monarchy is very much in their hands.”

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple have been praised for their efforts in boosting community spirits as they raised their profile to support the Queen. 

Both were praised for their informal nature on Zoom calls and their commitment to attending in-person engagements. 

Last December, they travelled across the UK to thank frontline health workers, and Kate received praise for her Hold Still project, which was organised in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. 

The Duchess encouraged members of the public to submit their images of lockdown life, with the top 100 images being shown across the country on billboards and murals. 

The Cambridges have had to take on more responsibility after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to leave the Royal Family in January 2020. 

Prince Andrew has also stepped down from public life, whilst Prince Philip died in April of this year, leaving a number of royal positions empty.

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Since returning from their summer break, the couple have maintained a busy schedule of royal engagements. 

They travelled to Glasgow last week to attend the COP26 summit alongside Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and attended an evening reception alongside world leaders on November 1. 

During their time at the important conference, they visited the 105th Glasgow Scouts, whilst William met with finalists of The Earthshot Prize and gave a speech calling for urgency in tackling the climate crisis. 

In her recorded speech, the Queen said she “could not be more proud” of her son and grandson’s environmental activism. Her Majesty had been unable to attend the summit due to ill health, leaving the ‘Fab Four’ to represent the monarchy instead. 

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Earlier in October, the Duke of Cambridge had celebrated his inaugural The Earthshot Prize, which he had launched alongside Sir David Attenborough in an attempt to “create positivity” within the climate debate. 

The Prize offers £1million each to five winners for them to invest in their innovative solutions to tackle climate change, with the awards scheme destined to run for the next decade. 

Both William and Kate appeared on the green carpet and took to the stage to give impassioned speeches, and were joined by A-listers such as Emma Thompson, Coldplay, and Shawn Mendes. 

The couple currently divide their time between Kensington Palace and their home in Norfolk at Anmer Hall. As second in line to the throne, William now has the new responsibilities of handling the Sandringham and Balmoral estates, and is now included in all major decisions regarding the monarchy. 

After marrying in 2011, the couple celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary in April, sharing a sweet video that showed them playing with their three children. 

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