Kate ‘happy’ with ‘more prominent’ position after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry split

Kate has undertaken a series of royal engagements in recent weeks, as she promotes her landmark survey on a child’s early years. The Duchess is reportedly “so happy” to be undertaking extra duties since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family, and is pleased to have a more prominent role.

One insider told Sun Online: “Kate is extremely passionate about the work the Foundation does and she has ideas and plans for how she believes it can be used to help some of the causes which she is particularly passionate about.

“In recent weeks Kate has visited a lot of organisations and spoke to lots of experts and has soaked a lot of information.

“She wants to use that to go out and bring about change to many of those who need support.”

A second source echoed the comments and said Kate was keen to become more “front and centre” in the Royal Foundation’s work – the Cambridge’s charitable foundation that was originally co-run with Meghan and Harry.

The source said: “William and Kate may have extra responsibilities in the wake of Harry and Meghan’s move to Canada but neither of them want that to be at the expense of their Foundation.

“They both work very closely with the team and Kate is sitting in on more and more meetings so she can have an input in the work that is going on.

“For years the Foundation’s work was a bit of a tug of war between what William and Harry wanted.

“Harry was very much focused on the military and his work with the Invictus Games.

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“Now it is purely in the shape of how William and Kate want it to be.”

Last week Kate paid a surprise visit to Northern Ireland as she continues her tour across the UK to promote her landmark survey.

The Duchess was given a tour of The Ark Open Farm in Newtownards and also met with young children from two local nurseries and families who have benefitted from the work done by the Early Years programme.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched the programme, which sees Kate working on how to improve the understanding of the first five years of a child’s life.

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Kate also travelled to Birmingham, London, Cardiff and Surrey to raise awareness of the Five Big Questions on the Under Fives poll – thought to be the largest survey of its kind in the UK.

The poll will be online for a month and the results will be revealed in March.

In a recent podcast with author Giovanna Fletcher, Kate opened up about life as a parent.

She admitted to feeling guilty when her royal duties took her away from her three children, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and 21-month-old Prince Louis.

Kate described parenthood as the “toughest and most unknown place” as she shared her experiences with mums and dads across the country on the Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast.

The 30-minute podcast chat is the first time a senior royal has opened up about the issues of motherhood.

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