Kate was ‘told to smile and say nothing – but now she’s Royals’ greatest asset’

Kate was ‘told to smile and say nothing – but now she’s Royals’ greatest asset’

Kate Middleton's rumoured plan to front a documentary would mark a huge step-up in terms of the Duchess’s public persona.

Her previous TV appearances have been limited to her engagement interview and a guest slot on Mary Berry’s cookery show in 2019, when the Duchess discussed baking and family life.

But now, Kate is reportedly in talks to film a documentary about early childhood development.

And according to a royal expert, Kate would be more than up to the job if it does get commissioned – adding that the role would be proof of how important she is within the Royal family right now.

Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, told OK!: “This is another example of how Kate has really come to the forefront of the modern royal family.

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“She’s no longer in William’s shadow but a very important member of the royal family performing official work and duties," he continued.

“When we look back at the first six or seven years that Kate was with William, she was just told to smile and say nothing, which she was actually very good at. Luckily there’s more trust in Kate now and she’s developed her own style.

“Her early public speaking appearances were very different to how she presents herself now. What you see now is a very accomplished, confident person who’s honed her skills over the years.

“She’s spent a lot of time with the Queen and with Camilla and Charles, and has picked up a lot from them about how to carry herself. There were suggestions that she may have had voice coaching a while ago and I do think she seems to sound a little bit posher every year.

“It’s not unfair to say she speaks in a way that’s quite unrecognisable from the young undergraduate who first met William. She’s not putting on a posh accent, she’s just evolved.”

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In recent years, Kate has increased her involvement with mental health charities, spearheading the Heads Together campaign and becoming patron of Place2Be.

This summer, she announced perhaps her biggest project yet, launching The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, which is to be based at Kensington Palace.

Outlining her mission, the Duchess said in a video message: “Working closely with others, the centre hopes to raise awareness of why the first five years of life are just so important for our future life outcomes, and what we can do as a society to embrace this golden opportunity to create a happier, more mentally healthy, more nurturing society,” she said.

According to Duncan, these prominent roles have helped to cement Kate’s popularity and demonstrate the trust the royal family has in Kate’s abilities.

“It’s quite interesting that when Kate started out there was her interest in sport but there weren’t many causes she could get behind that jumped out,” he says. “ But over the years, and of course being a mother herself, she’s gained a lot of insight on how to look after children and how that’s not always such an easy thing.

“We used to have a Kate that nobody could resonate with, she just seemed perfect, but she’s shown the more vulnerable side of herself over the years which is very relatable.

“Kate is very polished whenever she’s working on royal duties. She’s absolutely one of the royal family’s greatest assets.”

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