Kate Middleton has got to be feeling very good right now because she is reportedly in very high favor with her boss—a.ka. her grandmother-in-law and the Queen of England. It’s easy to forget as we fawn over Middleton’s fashion and enviable hair that when she’s out at engagements and on royal tours, it’s all in service and at the behest of Queen Elizabeth II.
“The Queen is a fan,” a source told Vanity Fair‘s royal reporter, Katie Nicholl. “Kate is unflappable. Her mantra is very like the Queen’s keep calm and carry on approach in life, and she has the added benefit of making the Royal Family seem almost normal and in touch.” There’s been a lot of drama surrounding the family of late, including rumors of sibling rifts and lawsuits against certain tabloids, so it makes sense that the queen would appreciate the Duchess of Cambridge’s calm, cool, and collected demeanor at the time. Reportedly, the monarch was also very happy with Middleton and Prince William’s recent royal tour of Pakistan.
“It feels very much like this has been Kate’s year,” royal biographer Claudia Joseph told Vanity Fair. “She looks happy, in control and there’s a new confidence about her. “I think Kate seems much happier than a year ago. She has three lovely children, has been honored by the Queen for her hard work and is really well liked not just here but around the world.”
“She’s very much the girl next door, from how she dresses to how she behaves and interacts with people on engagements,” Joseph continued. “She is likeable and relatable and that has made her very popular.” And there definitely have been lots of good stories about the Duchess of Cambridge lately—like when she was spotted shopping at a chain store with Prince George and Princess Charlotte for Halloween costumes or how she had a mom’s night out at a pub with women from the kids’ school. She’s also reportedly trying to help her sister-in-law, Meghan Markle, after the Duchess of Sussex opened up about how difficult she’s finding it to handle the tabloid scrutiny.
“They [the Cambridges] seem to be making a real effort and it’s paying off,” another source told Vanity Fair. “They are getting great press.”
Well done, Kate. But now can you give an interview about every single hair product you use?