Prince William and Kate have ‘accepted’ future role as Duke ‘steps up’ to lead the family

Prince William and Kate 'accept' the role they have says expert

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have increased their public profiles and their royal responsibilities in recent months, as they “accept the role and responsibility” that comes with their position. A royal historian has told Express.co.uk that as well as an improvement in their confidence, the couple have had to step to the forefront of the Royal Family due to Megxit and the Queen’s old age. 

Royal historian Dr Anna Whitelock told Express.co.uk: “I think basically they’re moving to a more senior position.

“Obviously, with the departure of Harry and Meghan and also the Queen’s age, and also of course their father’s age, there is a sense that they do now need to step up and play a role.

“I think that they have accepted that that is their role and their future, so we have seen them doing more.

“So I think on some level it’s a confidence thing, but I also think that it’s in part that they accept the role and the responsibility that they have.”

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prince William and Kate were praised for their efforts in boosting community spirits. 

The couple continued to maintain a full schedule of online engagements, and undertook a three-day tour of the country in December, to thank frontline workers and emergency services. 

Kate also received praise for her Hold Still project, which encouraged members of the public to submit their photography of lockdown life. 

Organised in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, the competition received over 33,000 submissions, with the top 100 images selected being displayed on murals and billboards across the UK. 

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Since returning to in-person public duties, the couple have carried out a number of high-profile engagements, including a recent visit to Northern Ireland and a trip to RAF Brize Norton. 

Earlier this year, Kate launched her Royal Foundation for Early Childhood Centre, which will continue to champion her work in mental health and children’s development. 

Prince William has also launched The Earthshot Prize, an ambitious environmental award that offers £1million to five winners for them to continue with their innovative solutions in tackling the climate crisis.

After announcing the finalists in September, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join a number of world-renowned celebrities for the Awards ceremony on Sunday. The star-studded event will take place at Alexandra Palace, and will see the likes of Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Emma Watson attend. 

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In November, the couple will travel with the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla to Glasgow, where they will meet with world leaders and conduct a number of engagements as part of the COP26 global climate summit. 

They had previously attended the G7 summit in Cornwall in June, where they were photographed with US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. 

The Cambridges have also stepped in for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who decided to step down as working royals in 2020. According to recent reports, Kate is due to take two of Prince Harry’s former patronages, as she steps in for the Duke as Royal Patron of the Rugby Football Union and the Rugby Football League. 

With the Queen at 95, and Prince Charles at 72, Prince William and Kate represent two of the younger members of the Royal Family. Following his father and grandmother, Prince William is second in line to the throne. 

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