‘Change is coming’ Kate walked ‘fine line’ as she attended deeply poignant event

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KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, walked the “fine line” between political impartiality and influence when she attended a deeply poignant event last year.

Referring to Kate’s attendance at the vigil, she told Laura Schäfer, head of royal reporting at German publication BUNTE: “This is just one example of how the Duchess of Cambridge makes calm statements – without putting herself in the foreground.

“In doing so, however, she is also walking the fine line between political impartiality, which is expected of the royals, and political influence.

“In this relationship I see change coming in the British monarchy.”

Kate’s attendance at the vigil held in London’s Clapham Common was unannounced and low-key.

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Kate attended the vigil for Sarah Everard in March last year (Image: GETTY)

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People gathered in Clapham Common in mid-March last year after the body of Sarah Everard was found (Image: GETTY)

She was spotted by bystanders laying flowers and paying tribute to the 33-year-old marketing executive, whose body had been found a few days prior.

The Duchess of Cambridge felt it was “really important” for her to take part in the outpouring of emotions sparked by Ms Everard’s death, according to a source.

As previously reported, a friend of the Duchess told Hello! magazine: “She just acted.

“She felt it was really important to be part of the moment because she felt really emotional about it herself.”

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Kate used to share a flat in London with Pippa Middleton (Image: GETTY)

Following the visit to Clapham Common, Kate was also reported to have sent a personal message to Ms Everard’s family.

The source told the Mirror: “This was a deeply personal and heartfelt letter, simply to express her absolute sadness at what Sarah’s family and loved ones are going through.

“The Duchess knows that no words can change what has happened, but wanted to let them know that they and Sarah are in her thoughts.

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Tributes and flowers left for Sarah Everard in March last year (Image: GETTY)

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Kate and Prince William got married in 2011 (Image: GETTY)

“She remembers what it is like to walk alone as a young woman in London, and elsewhere, and like so many other women she has been thinking deeply about her experiences during those times.

“It was important for her to pay her respects in this way.

“This was a private matter to her and she wanted to show unity with everyone else who shares these feelings.”

Ms Everard was kidnapped, raped and murdered by Met Police officer Wayne Couzens, who stopped her while she was walking home from a friend’s house under the guise of an arrest.

Couzens was given a whole-life sentence in late September.

Kate officially joined the Royal Family in April 2011, when she married Prince William.

As Duchess of Cambridge, she has focused her royal work on a few topics close to her heart, including mental health, the early years, the arts and addictions.

During the pandemic, she has also voiced her support to frontline staff and warned of the importance to protect their mental wellness.

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Kate and Prince William on their wedding day (Image: GETTY)

As the wife of the second-in-line to the throne, Kate is set to become the next Princess of Wales and, following the end of Charles’s reign, Queen Consort.

On Sunday, she turned 40 – and publicly marked the milestone by sharing three new portraits taken by photographer Paolo Roversi in November.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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