Prince William has been praised for his “inner strength” in the face of family rifts as he channels the spirit of his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. His wife Kate, Princess of Wales, has also made a strong impression as she prepares to become Queen, with comparisons being drawn between her and Princess Diana.
The pair made a visit to Cornwall last week, with Councilor Pauline Giles sharing her excitement at welcoming the Duke and Duchess to the county.
She told OK! magazine: “I was extremely excited to meet Kate. I’ve met William before but I hadn’t met Kate.
“As much as I think he’s a lovely guy, I was very excited to meet Kate and to actually see her in the flesh.
“She comes across as being such a lovely person. She was very warm and engaging with everyone she met.”
Royal commentator Kinsey Schofield told the magazine that Kate’s personality and warmth reminded her of William’s own mother Diana, who was also adored by the people.
She said: “I really see Kate channeling Diana. Not in the way, so many others have compared their eye for fashion or their looks, but in the way she interacts with others, particularly children.
“She has this air of being personable with whoever she meets. She never looks down on people or patronises them – she speaks to them at their height, so to speak.”
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Since the publication of Prince Harry’s memoir Spare in January, a number of accusations have been leveled at William and Kate, including that William physically attacked his brother during an argument in 2019 and the couple did not get on with Harry’s wife Meghan Markle.
According to royal insiders, William is “furious” at Harry, with the family in shock at the claims made publicly.
Royal expert Kate Nicholl said: “William’s privately seething and devastated by what Harry has done. And just cannot forgive Harry for the things that he’s written.
“They’ve been taken back by the level of detail and just how far Harry has gone in all of this.”