Prince William and Kate Middleton given 'higher roles'

Prince William and Kate Middleton given 'higher roles'

Kate Middleton’s ‘down-to-earth background’ balances perfectly with Prince William’s ‘experience in The Firm’ as they prepare to ‘lead modern monarchy’, former private secretary claims

  • Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 39, have been given a ‘higher role’ 
  • Andrew Lownie said as the Queen ‘stands back’, others are ‘stepping’ forward
  • Insider revealed they hope to ‘mix traditional duty with being modern parents’  

Kate Middleton’s ‘down-to-earth background’ balances perfectly with Prince William’s ‘experience in The Firm’ as they prepare to ‘lead modern monarchy’, their former private secretary has claimed. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 38, are currently living in their London home of Kensington Palace as their children Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, return to school and nursery in the capital. 

Insiders have now revealed how the the couple’s ‘magic’ comes from their different backgrounds, and said the pair plan to ‘mix the traditional duty with being thoroughly modern parents’. 

Speaking to People magazine, the Cambridge’s former private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton said: ‘He has the experience of knowing where the institution sits and seeing it evolve. The Duchess brings this pragmatic awareness of what it’s like to be from a decent, down-to-earth family.’ 

It comes as royal author Andrew Lownie claimed the couple have been given a ‘higher role’ in the royal family due to their popularity. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 38, are ready to lead the modern monarchy, royal experts have claimed

Meanwhile Jamie said Kate’s hard-working family background offered a perfect balance to Prince William’s future as king.

Another source added that they hope to focus on ‘different subjects the family hasn’t always connected with’, with Jamie explaining: ‘If you had scoured the realm you couldn’t have got a better pair, frankly.’    

Speaking to the Express, Andrew said the Duke and Duchess are stepping forward as the Queen is ‘standing back.’

He explained: ‘William and Kate, who seem to be very popular, are stepping into the position that Charles and Camilla had.

Insiders have now revealed how the the couple’s ‘magic’ comes from their different backgrounds, and said they plan to ‘mix the traditional duty with being thoroughly modern parents’

‘Because they are, I would say almost more popular than Charles and Camilla, they’ve probably been given a higher role.’

It comes after it was revealed the Duke and Duchess are ‘seriously considering’ a move to Windsor.

The mooted relocation, which would bring the family closer to the Queen, is the most significant sign yet that the couple are preparing to take on a far more senior role at the heart of the Royal Family.

A source said William and Kate have been ‘eyeing up’ accommodation options in the area suitable for bringing up their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

A source previously said William and Kate have been ‘eyeing up’ accommodation options in the area suitable for bringing up their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Pictured: Windsor Castle

The move, which would bring the family closer to the Queen (pictured), is the most significant sign yet that the couple are preparing to take on a more senior role at the heart of the Royal Family

They added that properties under consideration could include Fort Belvedere, a Grade II listed house with tower towards the southern end of Windsor Great Park, where King Edward VIII – the Queen’s uncle – signed his abdication papers in 1936.

The fort is owned by the Crown Estate and leased to the Weston family, close friends of the Royals. From the top of the tower, on a clear day, Edward once wrote, you could see the dome of St Paul’s ‘with a spyglass’.

But the fort has been dismissed as an option by Palace aides.

Moving the family west – wherever they end up – could prove strategic as well as practical, as the monarchy prepares for major changes in the years ahead.

At the moment, the Cambridges split their time between their London base at Kensington Palace, where they also have their offices, and their country home of Anmer Hall in Norfolk. 

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