British Royal family’s ‘Future Lies In Kate Middleton’s Hands’: Insiders

“Charles and Camilla don’t seem to have the global pull and there seems to be this absolute campaign to make William and Kate the family’s global stars,”

According to royal insiders, the monarchy is counting on one person to save the family’s reputation in the midst of an ongoing scandal: future queen Kate Middleton.

“As the Prince Andrew scandal shows, the monarchy is in desperate need of reassuringly conventional royal performers. Catherine is just what these troubled royal times need it’s no exaggeration that the Windsors’ future lies in her hands,” Patrick Jephson, the former chief of staff for Kate’s mother-in-law Princess Diana said.

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The royal family has had a rough week, with the announcement that Prince Andrew will spend the rest of his life in exile after his mother, Queen Elizabeth, stripped him of his HRH and military titles in the midst of a sex assault lawsuit.

Add to that the ongoing tensions caused by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving the institution and accusing an unnamed senior member of the royal family of questioning the complexion of their son Archie.

It’s no surprise that Kate’s legacy is being shaped by a small team of advisers.

We got our first look at her as a future queen this week, thanks to three stunning portraits released to commemorate her 40th birthday, which include a couple of very deliberate nods to the past.

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William is said to be part of a small group of advisers assisting Kate in shaping her legacy.

Kate wears the iconic sapphire and diamond engagement ring that belonged to her husband’s late mother, Diana, as well as the former Princess of Wales’ Collingwood Pearl earrings in the photos by Paolo Roversi.

“It’s a very calculated decision by Kate and William to keep including Diana in anything that is about setting out a new royal chapter. It’s very clever of Kate to keep her memory alive,” Bethan Holt, fashion director of the UK Daily Telegraph, told The Post.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has worn the earrings on several occasions in recent years.

“Monarchy is the ultimate long game … because unlike business, politics or media stardom, royalty is for life and its time horizons are infinite. Catherine has mastered that long game and that’s a very significant achievement,” said Jephson.

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When her husband, William, ascends to the throne, Kate will become queen. But first, when her father-in-law, Charles, ascends to the throne, she will be known as Princess of Wales.

And she is more needed than ever, not only because of the scandals, but also because she and William are far more popular than the next king, Prince Charles, and his second wife, Camilla.

“Charles and Camilla don’t seem to have the global pull and there seems to be this absolute campaign to make William and Kate the family’s global stars,” said Holt, the author of ‘The Duchess of Cambridge: A Decade of Modern Royal Style.’

“There seems to be a whole royal family operation to elevate the Cambridges.”

One highly placed palace source also said, “If Charles and Diana had made a go of it we wouldn’t be talking like this. Because Charles and Camilla put their own needs and happiness first [having an affair that helped lead to the end of Charles and Diana’s marriage], we are in a continuing constitutional bind that means that William and Kate are the Windsors’ last cards.”

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William and Kate have a daughter Charlotte and sons Louis and George (far right).

It is unclear how Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will be addressed when Charles becomes King, but Kate will be given the title of Princess of Wales, just as Diana was.

There is also the goal, without a doubt, of emphasizing the differences between Kate and her sister-in-law, Meghan Markle.

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“When Kate came in, she said, ‘I’m going to learn the ropes.’ Meghan said, ‘I’m going to hit the ground running,’” said the palace 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.”

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