As the royal family's drama continues to unfold, an expert claims that Kate Middleton may be the only person who can save the brood's image.
"As the Prince Andrew scandal shows, the monarchy is in desperate need of reassuringly conventional royal performers," Princess Diana's former chief of staff Patrick Jephson told Page Six. "Catherine is just what these troubled royal times need — it’s no exaggeration that the Windsors’ future lies in her hands."
The mother-of-three has always represented the royals well, as she has put on a happy face since she and Prince William married in 2011. A palace insider noted that her behavior is a far cry from Meghan Markle's, which made the royals appreciate Kate even more.
"When Kate came in, she said, ‘I’m going to learn the ropes.’ Meghan said, ‘I’m going to hit the ground running,'" noted the source. "Learning the ropes is a lifetime job; hitting the ground running is not the royal style, and for good reason. You have to know who you’re running to — and who’s alongside you."
When it comes to representing the royal family, expert Katie Nicholl believes that the Duchess of Cambridge "will step up, and I know the Queen hugely values her support, and will rely on her more than ever."
"We’ve seen Kate blossom over the years, growing in confidence and evolving into a key member of the royals," she continued. "Just last month, she proved how far she’d come when she hosted the royals’ Christmas carol concert on her own."
The elegant portraits released for Kate's 40th birthday also act as a reminder of what's in store for her future.
"Standing there as a woman totally sure of herself who takes her role seriously. I think we’ll see her thrive even more in her 40th year," said Nicholl. "Like Diana, Kate’s immensely popular, a fashion icon and loved by the nation. I don’t think she ever wanted to ‘be’ her late mother-in-law, she just took inspiration from her work ethic and diligence. Kate’s the ‘people’s princess,’ but her own version."