Kate Middleton, who celebrated her 40th birthday on January 9, has been described by a royal expert as a “beacon” inside the Firm. Katie Nicholl, author of Kate: The Future Queen, said: “This is the woman who was the commoner who married into the royal family and who has not tripped up, not caused any embarrassment.
“It’s not been an easy year, and yet somehow Kate seems to be a bit of a beacon in all of this.”
Ms Nicholl made the comments after a turbulent period for the Royal Family.
The death of Prince Philip, departure of Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40, from the Firm and legal action against Prince Andrew, 61, made 2021 a difficult year for the palace.
At the end of the year, the Duchess was inundated with support after she hosted Royal Carols: Together at Christmas.
Following her piano performance alongside 30-year-old Scottish singer Tom Walker, ex-GMB host Piers Morgan, 56, called her “a proper Duchess”.
However, 2021 wasn’t the first time Kate has been given support by the public.
Speaking about her visit to East Anglia’s Children Hospices in 2019, the deputy chief executive Tracy Rennie said: “It was a really supportive conversation actually, to the point we were having a laugh and a joke together as a family before we left — you wouldn’t imagine that in such a difficult situation.”
Rennie added: “They absolutely felt honoured that she’d taken the time out and were overwhelmed by the fact that she was a ‘normal person’ — their words, not mine. They felt she really cared.”
According to a YouGov opinion poll from last August, the Duchess of Cambridge is the third most popular member of the Firm.
Kate found herself with a net approval rating of 59 percent.
Around three-in-four respondents said they had a positive view of the Duchess.
Just 16 percent expressed a negative view of Kate.
Prince William was narrowly ahead of his wife with a net approval rating of 62 percent.
But the Queen topped the Royal Family’s popularity tally with 67 percent.