Kate will celebrate turning 40 on Sunday after a decade as a member of the Royal Family. She married Prince William in 2011. The Duchess has received particular praise for solo initiatives she took on in 2021, including hosting a Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey and Hold Still, a community project collecting moving photographs of the UK during lockdown.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s friend has claimed Kate would never have sought a public role had she not fallen in love with Prince William.
They also commended the royal’s work ethic and described her as “creative”, and claimed the Duchess may have followed a different path in life if she was not in a relationship with William.
They believe Kate would have started her own business.
The pal told The Daily Mail: “Funnily enough, if she hadn’t have married William I think she would have started some kind of business as she comes from an entrepreneurial background and is very creative herself.
“She’s now bringing that to her work.”
The entrepreneurial background referenced by the friend refers to Kate’s mother Carole launching Party Pieces, a company that sells party supplies and decorations in 1987.
The business, launched when Kate was a child, has now grown into a major brand.
Carole told the Daily Mail Kate was the inspiration for the business.
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According to the friend, the mother-of-three is said to be looking forward to making a difference with projects such as her this initiative and mental health campaigns.
Like her husband, William, Kate is also involved in promoting mental health.
A friend of Kate’s claimed: “She was the brains behind her new Centre for Early Childhood and is more happy to push herself out of her comfort zone now.”
They also said that the Duchess’s confidence has grown during the time she’s been a member of the Firm.
The friend added: “She has been in the public eye for 18 years now and has had a public role for a decade.
“She never wants to disappoint and has the confidence now to deliver.”
At her Christmas carol concert in December, the Duchess showcased her musical talent for the first time.
She played the piano during a performance with singer Tom Walker, for the song ‘For Those Who Can’t Be Here’.
The special event was aired on Christmas Eve on ITV and was hosted by the Duchess as “a huge thank you to all those amazing people out there who have supported their communities”.