With the royal family going through a seemingly unprecedented (in recent history) time of upheaval, it seems fair to wonder how Kate Middleton is coping with Megxit. It’s been a few weeks since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their decision to “step back” from their role as senior royals and effectively raise their son, Archie, in Canada. But what does that mean for the Duchess of Cambridge? According to an inside source, it hasn’t exactly been a seamless transition.
It makes sense that Meghan and Harry’s royal responsibilities would have to be absorbed by someone — or several someones — in the royal family. And an insider tells Us Weekly for the magazine’s new issue that Kate is struggling to adjust to her added share. “Kate’s in a panic and has been having bouts of anxiety,” the insider source claimed. “She barely has time to rest, and when she does try to sleep, her mind is constantly racing.”
Sometimes working 18 hour days now, Kate worries about the added stress to her family, especially her kids: Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and 20-month-old Prince Louis. “She’s already stretched pretty thin, and now she’s really worried about how she’ll juggle the extra workload on top of her family life,” said the source.
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And while much has been made of how Prince William feels about his brother leaving the royal family, the royal source says Kate’s feelings about Harry are contributing to her anxiety. The pair once enjoyed a close friendship. “She misses him and fears she’ll never be close to him again,” the insider said, noting that it’s made all the more complicated by Kate’s relationship (or lack thereof) with Meghan. “They couldn’t be further apart.”
However, Kate is getting a lot of comfort and support from William during this reportedly difficult phase. According to the insider, “He’s making sure that the time they spend together is extra special and is planning romantic dinners and weekend getaways for them.”
Still, as the world has come to learn about Kate since she became a part of the royal family, she’s not one to lose her composure. “Even if she’s feeling pressure behind palace doors,” said the source, “she’ll never show signs of cracking to the outside world.”