Even though Kate Middleton has been part of the royal family for quite some time, she is still getting used to being around world leaders such as President Joe Biden, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and more.
In the last year, it seems like the 39-year-old is really coming into her own, as she hosted the December 2021 Christmas carol concert herself and has been attending many events alongside her husband, Prince William.
"She's got a very creative mind and she goes into meetings with those ideas fully formed. She's all over all the detail and very much part of the team. It's really exciting working with someone like that. It's not what you expect from a future Queen," the insider explained of Kate being very personable. "She's very focused — she always arrives with loads of notes and ideas and articles that she's seen, but she's very self-deprecating and funny too. She's had a bit more time in the last couple of years with the kids getting a bit older. She gets a lot out of it."
Going forward, it looks like Queen Elizabeth will count on Kate since there will be many challenging moments, including Prince Andrew's sexual assault trial and Prince Harry's memoir debut.
"In recent years, we’ve seen her leadership in the wake of Megxit, throughout which she’s kept calm and carried on," expert Katie Nicholl noted to Closer. "I think this year she’ll come into her own even more, especially as it’ll be a tough year for the royals."
"Harry and Meghan’s interviews this year have caused chaos for the royals, and Harry’s new memoir – due out next year – will likely reveal even more intimate details about the royal family, and cause further issues," Nicholl continued. "And Andrew’s court case will too. Kate will step up and I know the Queen hugely values her support, and will rely on her more than ever."