William and Kate hailed as ‘ultimate in soft power post-Brexit’ for overseas visits

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 39, have carried out a string of royal engagements this year. As the country emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple were able to go on a week-long tour of Scotland in May. The Cambridges visited the University of St Andrews where they first met as undergraduate students 20 years ago. William was north of the border in his role as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

As well as being praised for their domestic trips, William and Kate have also been hailed for their tours overseas post-Brexit.

Since the UK voted to leave the EU more than five years ago, the Cambridges have conducted royal charm offensives across the globe.

According to Richard Fitzwilliams, the couple’s overseas visits offer a huge boost to post-Brexit Britain.

The royal commentator and film critic spoke to Express.co.uk about William’s positive attributes for when he eventually accedes to the throne.

He said: “William is the ideal all-rounder, that’s what things are shaping up to be and so is Catherine and they’re both eagerly sought after.

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“When they go abroad on an official visit, they are the ultimate in soft power because post-Brexit, we’ve seen quite a bit of that.

“Obviously the pandemic has slowed everybody down in what they can do.

“But there’s absolutely no doubt, you also saw William giving the superb tributes to his beloved grandfather on the BBC.

“So, as I say, I think he’s the ideal all-rounder and I think she will be the ideal Queen consort.”

Mr Fitzwilliams referred to William’s tributes to his late grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, in a recent BBC documentary.

‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’ was shown last week and featured interviews with William and other senior royals to honour the life of Philip, who died in April aged 99.

William’s overseas trips in recent years have included New Zealand, as well as Pakistan and Ireland, where he was accompanied by Kate.

The Duke of Cambridge also went on a highly sensitive solo visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories in 2018.

William’s four-day tour was the first ever visit by a member of the British Royal Family to the region.

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It broke with the Firm’s previous policy of not visiting Israel and Palestine until the long-running conflict between the two states had been resolved.

Mr Fitzwilliams praised William for the trip, during which he had meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He said: “Also, I notice one of the stamps that William is certainly putting on his role at the moment is that he seems to be the perfect diplomat.

“When they wanted someone to go to visit Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories – something that was so difficult no royal had paid an official visit there before – they chose William.

“Because he seems in his public appearances to have a perfect balance, he’s got the gravitas as she has as well.

“It’s taken [Kate] some time obviously, but I think there’s no question she’s achieved tremendous confidence in her role.

“And also, both of them have a sense of fun, certain trips you see them play games and so forth, it’s an all-round picture.”
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