Kate Middleton blossomed from being Prince William's college girlfriend to the Princess of Wales. As a senior royal, Kate holds a level of influence within the British monarchy and amongst the public, but some people have underestimated her throughout her time in the public eye.
Royal biographer Valentine Low discussed Kate's power in an interview.
"Interestingly, behind the scenes, she’s a lot more steely, a lot tougher than we give her credit," he said.
"She’s this nice-looking woman, dresses nicely, smiles nicely, adopts sort of fairly uncontroversial charities," the author explained. "You know, they think she’s slightly bland."
"There were some people in other [royal] households, who felt it would antagonize Harry and Meghan and would go down badly and just keep the whole unpleasantness going," Low explained. "But it was Kate who really strongly made the argument."
"She’s one day going to be Queen," Low added. "[She] thinks very carefully about the long-term security and strength and stability of the royal family as an institution."
"She’s good," he mused. "She has a good eye on the big picture, the long game."
Kate pushed the palace to respond to the Sussexes' claims with a balanced statement.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning," the palace said post-interview. "While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."
Low isn't the only person impressed by Kate. The Royal Observer previously reported Kate's brother, James Middleton, admitted he's proud of his sibling.
"To see her blossoming in that role, I think, is really... I am very proud of her," the entrepreneur concluded.
Low spoke to Page Six.