The Duchess of Cambridge who celebrates her 40th birthday today, has been hailed for her steely determination and loyalty. Having met at the University of St Andrews in 2001, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been a part of the Royal family’s ups and downs for many years.
A close friend of the couple told The Sunday Times: “Kate has a way of calming William down and knows how to be really affectionate and gentle.
“But she is 100 per cent loyal to him and has a shaft of steel running up her back when she needs to deal with stuff that’s unpalatable.”
Another friend, this time close to William, told the publication: “He has had a year from hell and she has been fantastic supporting him.”
Last year was particularly turbulent for the Royal Family having dealt with the fallout of the Sussexes departure from the Firm, the death of Prince Philip and the Queen’s sudden health fears.
Before the interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, William was supposedly “reeling” with “his head all over the place”, furious that his brother and sister-in-law had taken aim at his wife and his family but Kate reacted differently.
A source close to the Cambridges told The Sunday Times: “In the days after the interview her priority was William, not how she felt about what Harry and Meghan had done.
“She has focused on personal support for William in what has been a really sad time in his life.
“She never predicted the degree of falling out between them.”
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“I was moved by her warmth and friendly welcome and enchanted by her shining eyes that reflected the loveliness of her soul and her smile showing the generosity of her heart.
“It was a profound and rich experience for me, an unforgettable moment.
“I have met a wonderful person, a person who, with her positive energy, can bring hope to the whole world.”