Kate Middleton, who celebrated her 40th birthday yesterday, has had an eventful decade or so within the Royal Family. After tying the knot to Prince William back in 2011 she has embarked on global tours, found herself in the Megxit fallout and mourned the loss of Prince Philip back in April.
However, the Duchess of Cambridge is reported to have developed a way of coping with some of the more dramatic episodes in a similar way to another late royal.
Speaking to the Times about the Duchess, one Firm insider compared Kate to the Queen Mother.
Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, 61, the Cambridges’ former principal private secretary and one of Prince George’s godfathers, said: “She has that almost old-fashioned, Queen Mother attitude to drama — she just doesn’t do it.”
Mr Lowther-Pinkerton, who used to work for the Queen Mother, continued: “When I was a 23-year-old I was the Queen Mother’s equerry for a couple of years.
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“She is tough.
“She has got that Queen Mother feel in her, so that when things need doing, she is there to do them.”
The Queen Mother, who was Queen from 1936 until King George’s death in 1952, passed away in 2002 at the age of 101.
The Times highlighted how Kate appeared both composed and defiant at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, despite Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40, holding a controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey, 67, just weeks before.
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Kate has been lauded for helping her husband during the tumultuous time.
A source close to the Duchess told the Times: “In the days after the interview her priority was William, not how she felt about what Harry and Meghan had done.
“She has focused on personal support for William in what has been a really sad time in his life.
“She never predicted the degree of falling out between them.”
One of William’s closest friends also told the Times: “He has had a year from hell and she has been fantastic supporting him.”