Prince William and Kate Middleton given 'higher role' because they're 'more popular' than Charles

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit to Cardiff Castle on December 08, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton are predicted to be taking on a "higher role" within the royal family, with a royal expert claiming their popularity has risen above Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla's.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be expected to take on a "higher role," according to royal biographer Andrew Lownie.

After spending the summer holidays with their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, William and Kate are set to resume royal duties later this week when the little ones go back to school and nursery.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge clap for NHS carers as part of the BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief 'Big Night In at London on April 23, 2020 in London, England.

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In a recent interview with the Express, Andrew Lownie explained, "We’re in a period of what can be called a soft regency, in effect the Queen is standing back, not doing many roles.

"The roles that she is doing are being accompanied by Prince Charles, everyone is being prepared for Charles and Camilla.

“As a result, William and Kate, who seem to be very popular, are stepping into the position that Charles and Camilla had."

Andrew added, "Because they are, I would say almost more popular than Charles and Camilla, they’ve probably been given a higher role."

William and Kate are due to travel to from their country home, Amner Hall, to London this week to begin their new work commitments, with Prince William scheduled to commemorate Emergency Services Day on Thursday.

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It follows reports that William and Kate are “seriously considering” relocating to Windsor (opens in new tab) in order to be closer to the Queen and royal decision-making.

The Cambridges currently split their time between Kensington Palace, where they have offices, and Anmer Hall, in Norfolk.

However, with the older two children now attending Thomas' Battersea school in London, Anmer Hall is a long way to travel on weekends.

A source is said to have told The Mail on Sunday, "Anmer Hall made sense while William was a helicopter pilot in East Anglia (opens in new tab) and it was useful for Christmases at Sandringham, but it doesn’t really work anymore.

"It’s a little too far away for weekends, but Windsor is a perfect compromise. They are eyeing up options in the area."

Kudzai Chibaduki
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Since December 2020, Kudzai Chibaduki has worked as a trainee journalist at FUTURE, capturing all fashion, entertainment, and beauty content for the Lifestyle websites, as well as contributing to the shopping sections for's widely read online magazine. Kudzai previously worked as a freelance fashion wardrobe stylist, directing magazine photoshoots and coordinating the fashion direction of recording artists.