KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge holds the future of the Royal Family in her hands, a former chief of staff to the Firm has stated. According to Patrick Jephson, the former chief of staff to Princess Diana, Kate is essential for the Firm amid a troubling time for the Queen. Mr Jephson also claimed Kate is a consistent performer for the Firm. He told the New York Post: “As the Prince Andrew scandal shows, the monarchy is in desperate need of reassuringly conventional royal performers.
“Catherine is just what these troubled royal times need — it’s no exaggeration that the Windsors’ future lies in her hands.” Duncan Larcombe also told OK! magazine, the Queen will be “frustrated” with the situation regarding Prince Andrew, as she celebrates her Platinum Jubilee. He said: “As a mother, this is the stuff of nightmares.“The Queen on her Jubilee year, is being hit by this double whammy effect of trouble for the firm and trouble for the family.”
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, hold the future of the Monarchy in her hands, a former chief of staff has claimed.
Patrick Jephson told the New York Post, former chief of staff to Princess Diana, claimed Kate has been a consistent performer for the Firm. He said: “As the Prince Andrew scandal shows, the monarchy is in desperate need of reassuringly conventional royal performers. “Catherine is just what these troubled royal times need — it’s no exaggeration that the Windsors’ future lies in her hands.”
Prince William fury at guest outburst: ‘Can’t believe you just said that’
PRINCE WILLIAM gave a guest a “thunderous look” at a party before muttering “I can’t believe you just said that”, royal author Katie Nicholl claimed. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have had a particularly busy start to the year. William and his father Prince Charles advised the Queen that Prince Andrew’s role within the Royal Family had become untenable ahead of her decision to strip him of his titles, according to widespread reports. Kate, meanwhile, celebrated a landmark birthday last weekend as she turned 40.
The Duchess is believed to have held muted celebrations with just close friends and family at the Cambridges’ Anmer Hall home, due to ongoing concerns about the Omicron variant. William will also celebrate his 40th birthday later this year in what is a particularly special year for the Royal Family, with the Queen also celebrating her Platinum Jubilee. William and Kate first met in St Salvator’s Hall as first-year students at the University of St Andrews in 2001.
They hit it off as friends very early on and moved into a student house together in their second year before beginning dating in 2003. Royal expert Katie Nicholl wrote in her 2015 book ‘Kate: The Future Queen’ that the pair enjoyed dinner parties with their friends — especially as it allowed them both to socialise and enjoy each other’s company without having to go out into two and risk being spotted with one another.
Friends would take it in turns to host, with Kate often in charge of the cooking when it was their turn to host. Ms Nicholl wrote: “One thing William could be relied on for was supplying copious bottles of Jack Daniel’s for the popular after-dinner drinking games.” One of their favourite games was ‘Never Have I Ever’.
The game entails each player admitting something they have never done, and asking others if they had. Anyone who had done the deed was obliged to take a swig of their drink. However, one of William and Kate’s friends told Ms Nicholl that it did not always go to plan, and once resulted in an awkward confrontation. The friend recalled: “William and Kate loved the game, but it went a bit wrong on one occasion when Carly came for dinner.”
Carly Massy-Birch was William’s first proper girlfriend at St Andrew’s, and the pair dated briefly during their first term, remaining friends afterwards. The party guest told Ms Nicholl: “She [Carly] and William were still friends, and she lived across the road in Howard Place. “She could literally wave to William from her sitting room, which rather grated on Kate. “When it was Carly’s turn to play, she announced, ‘I’ve never dated two people in this room,’ knowing full well that William was the only one who had because Kate was sitting next to him.
“He shot Carly a thunderous look and said under his breath, ‘I can’t believe you just said that’ before drinking his shot.” The friend claimed Kate did not speak to Carly much after that, adding that the rest of the room was “in shock”. They said: “We knew they were together, but it was the first time William confirmed his and Kate’s relationship.” For the final two years of their university courses, William and Kate resided at Balgove House.
Ms Nicholl wrote William had decided that he preferred the freedom and “privacy of the countryside” since he did not have quite as many lectures as in previous years. William, Kate and two friends — Alasdair Coutts-Wood and Oli Baker — moved into the stunning home a quarter of a mile away from St Andrews. Ms Nicholl wrote: “Kate was thrilled. The house was set in stunning grounds, with glorious views from the bedroom windows — acres of lawn, orchids, and fuchsia instead of the concrete back of the Student Union.”
Kate reportedly took up the role of “homemaker”, dressing the windows with pretty curtains, while William installed a champagne fridge and a large oil painting of the Queen in the dining room. Perhaps most important of all, the country home allowed them their privacy away from prying eyes. William and Kate would, Ms Nicholl wrote, share a bottle of wine some afternoons, accompanied only by the occasional pheasant. Their relationship continued through university and, besides a brief split in 2007, they have remained together ever since, and married in 2011.