Kate Middleton’s ‘battle’ to integrate herself within Royal Family: ‘Up in air’

Kate Middleton is a 'great peacemaker' says Goldsmith

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She has been praised for trying to heal the rift between Prince William and Prince Harry when the brothers reunited for the funeral of their grandfather, Prince Philip. The couple recently ended their week-long tour in Scotland, where they got a chance to visit the University of St Andrews, the institution where they first met. However, unearthed reports have revealed after the couple graduated from university, William went to Sandhurst which left Kate in an “awkward spot” and a “battle” because she was not an official member of the Firm.

In a 2008 Vanity Fair article, royal correspondent, Vicky Ward said: “All the royal press – and former courtiers I spoke to – agreed that until Prince William formalises their relationship, Middleton is in an awkward spot.

“She is not officially entitled to any royal benefits paid for by the taxpayers, such as security; she has no spokesman and is not receiving any official guidance on what to wear or how to conduct herself in royal circles.”

Kate and William met at the University of St Andrews in 2001.

They dated for eight years before getting engaged in 2010, marrying the following year.

In his 2006 book ‘William’s Princess’ royal correspondent, Robert Jobson also delved into the difficulties the Duchess experienced.

He wrote: “While William threw himself into military training, Kate had her own battle on her hands.

“In some respects, hers was the more perilous of the two.

“For while William’s life was mapped out and rigid in its military discipline, Kate faced the rather daunting prospect of working out just what to do with herself while William was at Sandhurst.

“Her position in his life was still, officially, rather up in the air.”

But royal historian Sarah Gristwood recently detailed the Cambridges’ 10th wedding anniversary, and how this had impacted the Firm.

In an article for Vanity Fair in May, Ms Gritswood talked about the ways through which Kate “modernised marriage” in the monarchy.

She told the outlet: “This middle class girl from Berkshire has actually managed a seamless and fairly flawless move into the Royal Family.”

Since then, William and Kate have had to increase their royal duties because of another difficulty.

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The departure of Harry and Meghan.

Since their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Harry has continued to speak about his life inside the monarchy.

Harry further expanded on his family struggles when he said that both Prince Charles and William were “trapped in the system”, and that his father “failed to break the cycle” when it comes to tackling mental health within the royal household.

However, despite tensions in the Firm surrounding Meghan Markle and Harry, insiders believe Kate is willing to extend an olive branch.

Royal expert Camilla Tominey said Kate wants to fix relations between the Sussexes and the Cambridges.

Writing for the Telegraph Ms Tominey wrote: “Having grown up being close to her own siblings, Pippa, 37, and James, 34, the Duchess remained keen to bury the hatchet even after the interview aired to a global audience of millions, seemingly for the sake of two-year-old Archie’s relationship with his cousins.”

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