Royal SHOCK: How fate of the Royal Family lies with Kate Middleton – ‘the pressure is on’

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THE DUCHESS of Cambridge of facing increased pressure to ensure the modernisation and continued success of the Royal Family, an expert has claimed.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge will one day become Queen consort when Prince William becomes King. Now, the Duchess is ramping up her official engagements in the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to ditch their royal roles.

Meghan and Harry’s decision to leave, coupled with the scandal surrounding Prince Andrew, has called into question how the monarchy might exist going forward.

Some have claimed Prince Charles will scale the whole organisation back when he becomes King.

Others believe it’s just a matter of time before the whole system is abolished.

With the role of the Royal Family in flux, it’s down to the remaining senior members to steady the ship.

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Kate Middleton news: Kate will one day be Queen consort when Prince William becomes King (Image: Getty)

One royal expert, Camilla Tominey, told This Morning a lot of the burden will fall on the Duchess of Cambridge.

Ms Tominey said: “The pressure is really on the Duchess of Cambridge to make the royals move into the future.

“Yes, Prince William is a star but it’s been all about Kate lately and she’s considerably raised her game.

“She’s now carved her own path focusing on early years learning.

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Kate Middleton news: Kate visits The Ark Open Farm on February 12 (Image: Getty)

“She wants to commit her working life to childhood and how it affects adult life.

“She’s been doing it in secret for eight years.”

She said Kate, 38, was forging her own role now, separate from the one she shares with her husband.

Ms Tominey said: “This is her emerging from Prince William’s shadow to carve her own path as a future Princess of Wales.”

These comments come as another royalist has spoken similarly of how Kate is getting into her stride amid a very busy few weeks.

Kate has spent the past month travelling across the UK, highlighting her Five Big Questions On the Under-Fives survey, aimed at improving early childhood.

The survey aims to “spark a national conversation” to help create “lasting change for generations to come”, Kensington Palace said.

Royal commentator Omid Scobie told the Heirpod podcast the Duchess is “really realising the impact that she can have when using her platform wisely”.

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Kate Middleton news: Kate visits the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall on February 11 (Image: Getty)

Mr Scobie said Kate has now gathered “confidence” in her role within the Royal Family.

He said: “[Her recent work] has seen Kate really step out into a more confident role, we’ve seen her quietly, over the recent months, pick up a little bit of steam.

“And this work with the Early Years, which is a lifelong project for her, she plans to continue with this at least for the next decade.”

The Duchess herself spoke at length about her work while appearing on Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast this week.

She said the project has been “quite a journey” and that she’s “excited to talk about it a bit more publicly”.

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Kate Middleton news: As Prince William gets closer to the day he’ll be crowned King, the Duchess is inevitably increasing her role as future Queen consort (Image: Getty)

She said: “Since being married and looking into this, it’s become a huge passion – going out and listening to what makes people tick and also things that unify people and also struggles people are facing right in the early days.

“Meeting people struggling with abuse, homelessness and things like that you really get moved by some of the challenges that people are facing and it’s heartbreaking to hear.

“The more you look into everybody’s experiences so much of those get traced back to earliest years of someone’s life and you hear that time and time again across the nation and the world.

“You hear the sad reality that actually what experiences you have in childhood have a life-long impact on your future health and happiness.

“I suppose that has really driven my interest in digging deep [into early years]. I’ve been speaking to doctors, charities, trying to work out what can be done to help prevent some social challenges.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK