Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge is currently a key member of the Royal Family after she married Prince William nine years ago. The couple, who have recently acquired more responsibilities as senior members of the Royal Family, have proved their support towards the Queen over the years.
However, according to royal biographer Katie Nicholl, at first, the Queen had “grave concerns” about welcoming Kate into the Firm.
In the book The Making of a Royal Romance, Ms Nicholl said the Queen wasn’t too sure about Kate marrying her grandson at first.
Speaking of her majesty, Ms Nicholl wrote: “Privately she had grave concerns and believed that Kate needed to have a job and an identity in her own right before an engagement was announced.
“She is one of the hardest working royals, despite her age, and that a future of the Royal Family was without a full-time job was unacceptable to her.”
At the time, the Monarch knew “little of the girl who had enchanted her grandson,” despite having met her in several occasions.
Ms Nicholl added: “If she was not with William at Balmoral then the couple were skiing or holidaying on Mustique.
“Kate was there so often the press dubbed her ‘Queen of Mustique’, a title that had previously belonged to Princess Margaret.
“Britain was now in a recession and such frivolous displays of wealth were unpalatable to the Queen.
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Ms Nicholl said Kate “was stung by the Queen’s criticism.”
But times have changed since Kate and William’s early dating days, and the Duchess has reportedly proven to be the Queen’s “rock,” especially throughout crises like the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to Us Weekly, a royal insider said: “These are strange times for everyone, senior royals included, and having Kate as her rock has made it so much easier for the Queen to adapt to her new life at Windsor.
“More than anything, knowing she can rely on Kate and Prince William to handle matters in her absence is the greatest comfort she could ask for.”
Speaking about the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge’s approach to crises, the insider added: “He’s relieved to have Kate to depend on and refers to her as his better half.