MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry announced their exit from the Royal Family a month ago, and it had a profound impact on the remaining Royal Family members, but how has it affected Kate Middleton and Prince William?
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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William were out and about on Tuesday, taking part in a joint engagement with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The pair were all smiles, but insiders have said the Cambridges are facing pressure after Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s exit.
In early January Meghan and Harry announced their intentions to exit their roles as senior royals.
Now a month on, the couple are in Canada after receiving the Queen’s blessing for their plans.
Minus two senior royals, the onus may now be on Kate and William to take on more duties this coming year.
One royal in particular who sources say is facing strain amid so-called ‘Megxit’ is Kate.
Royal upheaval: Kate and William have been affected by the fallout of Meghan and Harry leaving (Image: PA)
Royal upheaval: Meghan and Harry announced their decision to exit the Royal Family a month ago (Image: GETTY)
An insider told New magazine: “Meghan leaving the fold has put a tremendous amount of pressure on Kate’s shoulders”.
Kate has a young family, and already undertakes several royal engagements a year.
The source said: “Although she is willing to do the heavy lifting and take on extra work in their absence, Kate does feel that she was doing an awful lot already.
“Kate has found herself trying to do it all – console her husband, look after her children, take on more work and try to smooth things over.
Royal upheaval: Kate and William have reportedly grown stronger amid Megxit (Image: PA)
“She’s been absolutely put under pressure with it all, but has been putting a brave face on as always.”
However, another source said Meghan and Harry’s exit has brought the couple closer together.
Speaking to US Weekly, a source said: “The Cambridges are busier than ever since Harry and Meghan left the UK.
“You’d think their hectic schedule would put strain on the marriage, but it’s actually brought them closer together.”
This was seen in a recent outing the couple made to South Wales when Kate showed a rare display of affection towards her husband.
While Meghan and Harry are often spotted holding hands and even kissing, Kate and William are not so inclined.
However last week Kate was seen affectionately reaching out and touching William’s shoulder as the couple toured Mumbles in South Wales.
Speaking to FEMAIL, body language expert Judi James, said their actions signal a tidal change which could see a new beginning for the couple as they take over from the “hugely tactile” Sussexes.
Royal upheaval: Prince William, Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla together visited the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (Image: PA)
She added: “These are very interesting mutual touch rituals from William and Kate, with a suggestion that they might have made a conscious decision to relax what has in the past looked like their ‘hands-off’ policy in public.
“Although we have seen them being tentatively tactile before, these rituals hint that they might be happy to be seen as a little more demonstrative, now that the hugely tactile Harry and Meghan have left to live in North America.
“These latest rituals show the royal couple looking mutually supportive via small arm and back touches though, rather than flagging up their love via hand-holding and hugs.”
On Tuesday, Prince William, Kate, Prince Charles and Camilla were taken on a tour of the state-of-the-art Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC).
The Royal foursome were shown around the facility on the Nottinghamshire/Leicestershire border by commanding officer Captain Alison Hofman.
They met patients undergoing therapy, visited a prosthetics workshop – where they were gifted a beaten-copper poppy – and stopped at the gym where a game of wheelchair basketball was underway.
Prince William took the opportunity to shoot a few hoops in a wheelchair “loaned” to him by Major Les Reid.
During the visit William was heard cracking jokes, quipping it was bad enough when there were just two of them, adding: “When there’s four of us it’s a nightmare.”
His father, Prince Charles, 71, chimed in, “There’s too many of us!”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK