Royal feud: Meghan and Harry’s retreat provides Kate and Prince William with ‘huge boost

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KATE Middleton and Prince William have been given a “huge boost” after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex abdicated from their royal duties. a royal expert has claimed.

Commentator Kate Nicholl said Kate and William were thrilled at the “warm reception” they received at public engagements up and down the country. She claimed Kate Middleton, 38, and Prince William, 37, were thrilled at the buoyant welcome they received during a royal engagement in Bradford last week. The royal commentator suggests that Meghan and Harry’s departure has given the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a “huge boost” in popularity.

The royal expert also described the “heartbroken” feeling that Prince Harry has following his departure from the UK to be with his wife and son in Canada.

And indeed a beaming Kate appeared extra animated when she arrived at Buckingham Palace alongside William last night, for their first major joint engagement without Harry, 35.

Kate Nicholl has told how Harry, who returned to Canada to be with Meghan Markle, 38, and eight-month-old Archie, has been “putting on a brave face amid heartbreak”.

Speaking to Ok!, she said that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had, “a warm reception that gave them a huge boost”.

William and Kate have received a boost since Harry and Meghan left the UK

William and Kate have received a boost since Harry and Meghan left the UK (Image: GETTY)

Meghan and Harry

Meghan and Harry (Image: GETTY)

She added: “They’ve stuck to the tried-and-tested approach, promoting a united Royal family and it’s a success.”

Speaking about Harry, she continued: “He might be putting a brave face on but I suspect Harry’s heartbroken.

“He’s a sensitive soul and he’s a sweetheart.

“The past week must have been incredibly hard.

Meghan and Harry

Meghan and Harry (Image: GETTY)

The statement from the palace about Meghan and Harry's decision

The statement from the palace about Meghan and Harry’s decision (Image: GETTY)

“With William busy performing Royal duties, he’s not got his brother by his side right now and his father, Prince Charles, has returned to Scotland.”

Last night’s engagement, which marked William’s first solo reception at the palace, comes after his brother Prince Harry, 35, flew to Canada last night to be with Meghan Markle, 38, after a deal was reached on their departure from the royal family.

On Sunday night the Duke of Sussex has said he is “taking a leap of faith” in stepping back from his life as a member of the royal family.

But, the Duke of Sussex added that, “there really was no other option’.

Meghan and Harry

Meghan and Harry (Image: GETTY)

Harry gave an emotional speech, where he told the “truth” about leaving royal duties behind in a bid for a “more peaceful life” for his family.

The duke has attended his first public event since the announcement was released on Saturday that said from the spring, the Duke and Duchess will stop using HRH.

He announced that they would spend the majority of their time living in Canada, and pay back the taxpayers’ money spent renovating their Frogmore home.

He told invited guests: “What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wedding

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wedding (Image: Express)

“We certainly aren’t walking away from you.

“Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding.

“Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible.

“I’ve accepted this, knowing that it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am.

“But I hope that helps you understand what it had to come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK