Kate Middleton stress: How exhausted Duchess suffering ‘bouts of anxiety’ amid Meghan exit

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KATE, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE, is reportedly mentally exhausted after a difficult few months for the Royal Family which saw her brother-in-law Prince Harry leave the family with his wife Meghan Markle.

Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, put on brave faces on Sunday night for the BAFTA awards, smiling politely when award winners and hosts made jokes about their family, ranging from the Prince Andrew furore to ‘Megxit’. But behind the scenes, the Duchess is said to be taking strain after her in-laws, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, decided to resign as working royals and head to Canada to escape the pressures of their lives. 

Kate, 38, has been incredibly busy lately, seen out on official working visits to hospitals and charities with at an unprecedented rate.

Across the Atlantic, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are settling into their new lives as non-royals, fielding offers for interviews and figuring out how they’ll become financially independent.

While the two couples have put on a show of solidarity since Meghan and Harry announced they planned to split from the family, sources have revealed the stress is weighing on Kate.

A source told Us Weekly: “Kate’s in a panic and has been having bouts of anxiety.”

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Kate Middleton news: The Duchess arriving at the BAFTAs (Image: Getty)

Kate Middleton news

Kate Middleton news: Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, put on brave faces on Sunday night for the BAFTA awards (Image: Getty)

The source went on: “She barely has time to rest, and when she does try to sleep, her mind is constantly racing.”

They added the Duchess was “stretched pretty thin”, putting in 18-hour working days.

The Duchess, along with the rest of her family, have long been vocal campaigners for mental health, and the Duchess will surely know her limits when it comes to taking care of herself.

There is further royal concern about the mental health and wellbeing of Meghan and Harry, who, while trying to start their new chapter, have been plagued by media intrusion in their new Canada retreat.

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Kate Middleton news: Kate, 38, has been incredibly busy lately (Image: Getty)

Kate Middleton news

Kate Middleton news: Behind the scenes, the Duchess is said to be taking strain (Image: Getty)

This new move was thought to be a chance for the young family to start fresh, but intrusion from the paparazzi is proving to me more worrying in Canada than expected.

Sources have said the couple are under severe strain, and believe The Firm will be able to better protect them back in the UK.

A well-placed source was reported in the Sunday Times, saying: “Everybody agrees that this is a fragile couple. Nobody is going to say, no they can’t come back.”

Some experts have pointed out Canada might not be the most private place for the couple, without the UK’s “gentleman’s agreement” between the Palace and the press protecting the royals from paparazzi intrusion.

Ingrid Seward, a royal biographer and editor of Majesty Magazine said: “Of course the safest place for Harry and Meghan to be is in the UK.

“They haven’t been papped once since their marriage, and if they have been, no pictures have been printed.

“Those rules don’t apply in Canada. The paps can come from all over the world and lie in wait for them.”

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Kate Middleton news: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are settling into their new lives as non-royals (Image: Getty)

Those close to the royals seem to agree.

One source said: “The palace is very worried about the Sussexes, because they are vulnerable outside the embrace of the family.

“They are making contingency plans in case the Sussexes suddenly turn round and say: ‘Can we come back under your wing?’”

These contingency plans are said to include bringing the Sussexes back to their home at Frogmore Cottage, or perhaps setting them up at another royal residence.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK