Kate ‘staking her claim’ to the Royal Family as she ‘compensates’ for Harry’s absence

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The Duchess of Cambridge showed she was “backing the institution” after she stepped out with Prince William, Prince Charles, and Camilla on the red carpet for the latest James Bond film. A royal expert claimed that Kate’s “tender moment” with her father-in-law, and her glamorous appearance emphasised her sense of solidarity with the British monarchy, despite the Royal Family coming under attack in recent months from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

Royal commentator Dr Tessa Dunlop said: “I think it’s naive to suggest they’re operating in entirely separate spheres, one surely informs the other.

“The quintessential British brand, a Bond movie, she steps onto the red carpet looking absolutely second-to-one.

“Did you notice that very tender moment captured on camera between her and Charles?

“Charles has been cast as a bit of a pariah by Harry and Meghan, I thought the whole thing, if not deliberately choreographed, certainly had the subconscious touch of a woman who is staking her claim.”

She also claimed that the Duchess of Cambridge was attempting to fill the gap left by Prince Harry after he decided to step away from the Royal Family and relocate to California. 

Dr Tessa Dunlop continued: “She is backing the institution, that’s what she’s committed her life to, and I also think it’s a play to support her husband who has been somewhat under the cosh.

“Let’s face it, they got on really well back in the day, Harry and William, they were a team and I think she’s trying to compensate for what’s missing.”

Relations between the Cambridges and the Sussexes have been tense since Prince Harry and Meghan announced in January 2020 that they were leaving the Royal Family. 

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Since then, the couple have moved to North America and have publicly spoken of their difficult relationship with Buckingham Palace and members of the Royal Family. 

During their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Prince Harry described his relationship with Prince William as “space”. 

He also claimed that his brother was “trapped” within the institution, and Meghan revealed that Kate had made her cry in the lead-up to her royal wedding in 2018. 

Until recent years, Harry and William were known for having a close relationship, and regularly attended formal engagements together. 

Since the interview with Oprah aired, the brothers have reunited on two public occasions, but private reconciliatory talks have reportedly been unproductive. 


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Meanwhile, Prince William and Kate have increased their public profiles over the last year, by carrying out more engagements and taking on more royal responsibilities. 

On Tuesday evening, they stunned royal fans with their glamorous appearances on the red carpet, as they celebrated the 25th instalment in the Bond franchise, and actor Daniel Craig’s final outing as the iconic 007 agent. 

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a gold-sequinned Jenny Packham dress, whilst the Duke wore a suave velvet suit. The two were joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, with the Prince of Wales sharing a sweet moment of affection as he greeted his daughter-in-law. 

Kate has been a member of the Royal Family since 2011, after she married Prince William in Westminster Abbey in a televised ceremony. 

Since then, the couple have welcomed three children together; Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three. 

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