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Tatler magazine devoted its July/August 2020 issue to Kate Middleton and her growing influence in the royal family, where courtiers, staff, friends, and society figures spoke about the duchess’s life inside “the Firm.”
“In the palace, you hear numerous stories of the staff saying so-and-so is a nightmare and behaves badly but you never hear that about Kate,” one source told the outlet, via Celebitchy. An insider said the duchess has a “ruthless survival streak” that makes her “well suited” to palace life.
Another added that Kate is emulating the Queen these days. She has a stoic attitude: “It’s why she is so well suited [for this family]. She keeps her head down because the prize of being queen is so great,” the source said. “She models herself on the Queen and now speaks like the Queen.”
The duchess has felt a little overwhelmed with her increasing workload following Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry’s decision to step back from their royal family roles and the fact that she’s taken on more responsibility as she and William prepare to someday be king and queen.
“Of course she’s smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn’t want this [increased workload],” a source said. “She feels exhausted and trapped. She’s working as hard as a top CEO, who has to be wheeled out all the time, without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays.”
Hours after Tatler published this story, Kensington Palace issued a rare response:
“This story contains a swathe of inaccuracies and false misrepresentations which were not put to Kensington Palace prior to publication,” a spokesperson said. That rep didn’t specify which claims were inaccurate.
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