Kate Middleton has become the Royal Family’s “rock” in the wake of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death, according to reports.
Kate has stepped up to be relied upon by senior royals – including the Queen – after getting Prince William and Prince Harry talking again.
Experts have heaped praise on the Duchess of Cambridge after she was seen chatting to Prince Harry, who was reportedly shunned by other members of the royal family.
Brian Hoey, who has written a biography of Prince William, told The Sun: “They say cometh the hour, cometh the man. But in the Royal Family’s case, it’s a woman.
“Thank God for Kate — she is the rock the monarchy will depend on. On Saturday, she behaved absolutely impeccably.”
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said: “After the things that Meghan said to Oprah about the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate would have been quite entitled to also avoid Harry.
“She has just got beautiful manners — taught by her mum Carole — and when she sees an awkward situation, she steps in. That’s why she talked to Harry.”
An insider told The Sun : “It’s early days but you’d hope this is exactly the first step Philip would have wished for.”
The Queen is set to celebrate the first birthday of her reign without her husband, as the royal family observes another week of mourning following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.
Prince Philip was laid to rest on Saturday.
At a ceremony with much pomp, the Duke of Edinburgh was laid to rest after dying on April 9.