Kate grew confident after listening to Charles family advice, says expert

Kate Middleton has followed Prince Charles's advice and is now acting like a 'Queen-in-waiting', according to an expert.

Recent royal engagements have shown that the Duchess of Cambridge is an "all-rounder" who is capable of taking on many different roles, according to royal biographer Ingrid Seward.

Kate will celebrate her 40th birthday on Sunday, and it was observed this week that her confident public appearances — combined with her charity work — show she is prepared to step to the big role when her husband Prince William eventually becomes king.

She left ITV viewers in tears last month when she showed off her piano skills at a community carol service at Westminster Abbey, which was held to celebrate community Covid volunteers.

Ingrid believes she has taken a leaf out her father-in-law's book, writing: “Today there is definitely confidence and poise there. She has learnt to overcome her shyness,”

“On the advice of Prince Charles, you don’t have to rush into taking on hundreds of charities, you can take your time and enjoy your family, and I believe having her family has helped her gain confidence.”

The biographer, author of 'Diana: The Last Word' and 'William and Harry' believes Kate has developed her knack for royal duties from being multi-skilled in her youth.

She wrote: “While it is not in Kate’s nature to push herself forward, she has always been very competitive, since her school days when she played in the netball and lacrosse teams"

"She learnt to sail as a young girl and rock climb and ski. She loved cooking, dressing up and making clothes. She learnt the piano, her father taught her to play tennis to a high standard."

Ingrid added that had grown into some more mature aspects of the role as she is "patient" and "has the ability to listen,”, and even compared her to Princess Diana in how she discovered an "ability" to connect with people including the very young and very old.

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