According to royal experts, Queen Elizabeth II has ‘great trust’ in her granddaughter-in-law, Kate Middleton. Majesty magazine’s managing editor, Joe Little, says that the Queen sees Kate as a “safe pair of hands” to help guide the future of the monarchy.
In an interview with Us Weekly, Little said that “the Queen has great trust in Kate,” especially now, amid all the drama that’s surrounded the royal family for the past few years “in terms of the fallouts” (presumably referring to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal exit and Harry’s strained relationship with his brother, Prince William).
According to Little, the Queen made a big show of that trust when she bestowed Kate with “the royal family order, something that’s only given to the female members of the royal family who have been around for quite some time and are deemed to be of great support to the Queen.”
This trust is important, of course, because the Queen knows that Kate will play an increasingly vital role in the monarchy in the coming years.
“I would say that the Queen has great trust in the future Prince and Princess of Wales William and Catherine will be one day and, you know, in the fullness of time…King William and Queen Catherine,” Little added.
So, how did Kate enter the Queen’s most trusted inner circle? According to Little, she did this by being a “team player” in the royal family and being a very low-key royal for her first few years as a royal.
“Kate was very gradual,” Little explained. “She appeared occasionally, but for the first few years, it was really [as] William’s wife rather than a working member of the royal family.”
When Kate did begin to take on new royal duties and public projects, she was selective about where she focused her attention, which Little believes has also helped her thrive in royal life.
“Kate has found her own niche within the royal family,” Little said. “And she focuses on things that mean a great deal to her that she feels that she can give something to the charity…in a great way.
”Combine all of that with the fact that, according to Little, Kate “adheres to tradition” as a royal while also realizing how “the modern royal family has to evolve,” and you appear to have found someone the Queen can truly rely on to essentially inherit her title eventually (Kate will technically be Queen Consort).