Kate Middleton ‘finds it hard to mingle with the actors of the world’ because she’s a ‘natural introvert’
Kate Middleton is ‘really a future queen in the making’ but ‘still struggles to mingle with world leaders such as the Bidens’ because she’s a ‘natural introvert’, a close friend said before her 40th anniversary.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who will celebrate turning of age on Sunday, has grown on the world stage in 2021 performing solo projects such as Hold Still and the Westminster Abbey Christmas Carol service.
And her job is to rub shoulders with high-profile figures on the world stage, such as visiting a school with Dr Jill Biden during the G7 summit in June last year.
But her presence is still “underrated,” her friend told Hello! adding that she is “quietly growing in confidence” 10 years after marrying the royal family.
“She always finds it quite difficult to mingle with these kinds of players. [the Bidens], because she is a natural introvert. But she really grows in the role,” her friend said.
Kate Middleton is ‘really a future queen in the making’ but ‘still struggles to mingle with world leaders such as the Bidens’ because she’s a ‘natural introvert’, a close friend said before her 40th anniversary. She is pictured with Jill Biden in June in Cornwall
In November, Kate chatted with Justin Trudeau (pictured together), Angela Merkel and other world leaders at the COP26 summit and Earthshot awards.
‘[Public speaking] is not at all something she likes to do. She’s not an outgoing person, that’s just not who she is. But she knows it’s an important way for her to make a positive contribution and there are times when you have to come out and speak up for things you believe in.”
The future Queen, who lives at Kensington Palace in London, mingled with many world leaders as she attended COP26 in Glasgow and the G7 summit in Cornwall in 2021.
In June, she met First Lady Jill Biden, 70, at Connor Downs Academy near Camborne to meet schoolchildren before hosting a panel discussion with UK education experts.
In November, she chatted with Justin Trudeau, Angela Merkel and other world leaders at the COP26 Summit and Earthshot Awards.
It comes as the Duchess of Cambridge’s 40th birthday celebrations will be muted – much like her Christmas was – due to the growing Covid risk.
Instead of a big party, the Duchess is expected to have a much smaller affair with just family and close friends.
Describing how December 25 went for the royal family of five (pictured), an insider told the magazine that Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, got together woke up at 5am to check if Santa had visited their Norfolk home at Anmer Hall overnight
Kate and William – who unveiled a photo of themselves on their way to the James Bond premiere last year on Friday to coincide with New Year’s Eve – missed the royal family’s traditional Christmas celebrations after the Queen was forced to cancel her plans to host the festivities at Sandringham.
Due to Omicron Covid Variant fears, a smaller lunch was held at Windsor Castle while the Cambridges hosted Kate’s family at Anmer Hall, their country retreat on the Sandringham estate.
A source told the Mail on Sunday: “There will probably be some low-key celebrations for the Duchess. She didn’t want anything flashy anyway – that’s not exactly her thing – but given the current climate, everything is likely to be reduced.
Describing what Christmas Day was like for the family of five, an insider told US Weekly that Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, woke up at 5 a.m. in the morning to check if Santa Claus had passed the night.
“While Kate and William avoid over-indulging the kids, they let the rule slide over Christmas,” the source said.
George was reportedly given a camping kit – including a tent, walkie-talkies and a flashlight – while Louis was given a climbing frame and Charlotte was given a children’s video camera. They also opened several games and books.
The Duke of Cambridge, 39, gave his wife a “beautiful bracelet” because he wanted to “make this Christmas even more special”, the source said.