Life brings with it seasons of consistency and seasons of change, and, for the new Princess of Wales, the past two months have brought a huge season of change, which has left her feeling stressed and anxious, a royal expert has claimed. .
Fresh off a presumably relaxing holiday at Balmoral at the end of the summer, Kate Middleton moved her family from Kensington Palace in London to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor days before the devastating loss of Queen Elizabeth, who died on September 8 at Balmoral Coincidentally, Her Majesty’s death occurred on the same day that Kate’s three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, all started at their new school, Lambrook. The following day, Kate was named the new Princess of Wales alongside her husband, Prince William, who inherited the title of Prince of Wales from his father. Kate is the first to be publicly referred to as the Princess of Wales since the death of her stepmother, Princess Diana, in 1997; though technically through her marriage to then-Prince Charles Camilla has been Princess of Wales, due to the title’s close association with Diana, she never bore this title publicly, choosing instead to use the title Duchess of Cornwall for her public duties.
And, while the rest of the world has, for the most part, resumed life as a normal post-mourning period for Her late Majesty, there is no doubt that grief still permeates the interior of Adelaide Cottage, where William mourns a beloved grandmother, his three children mourn a cherished great-grandmother, and Kate herself misses a woman who has been the foundation of her own life for two decades. Everything going on at home, plus the increased pressure in her royal role, has Kate going through a ‘very difficult time’ with ‘a bit of stress and anxiety’, says Katie Nicholl – who can blame her?
The move to Windsor was not what William and Kate had hoped for, says Nicholl, speaking on TalkTV’s Royal Tea showby The mirror.
“They said that themselves…it wasn’t the period of stabilization they were hoping for,” Nicholl says. “Of course they made this big move right after the summer break to move to Windsor. A big, pretty bold move moving out of Kensington Palace, getting the kids into new schools, creating a new life for themselves in Windsor, I really think they could be under the radar and have this normal family life that they’re successful in pretty much having. Of course, no one could have expected the queen to be dead right at the start of it all. Very, very difficult times. I think behind the scenes there is quite a bit of stress and anxiety for the whole family.
After being very much at the forefront during the month following the death of Her Majesty as both adopted their new job titles, William and Kate have been largely under the radar in the past week, undertaking no public engagement as they mark their children’s fall break from school. George, Charlotte and Louis will return to Lambbrook tomorrow, October 31, to complete the semester.
Last year, the group of five marked their children’s autumn holidays by traveling to Jordan, where they took photos that were eventually used in the family’s Christmas card later in the year . Here’s hoping this fall vacation has provided some much-needed rest and relaxation for Kate, and the rest of the family.