The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, last week returned from a controversial tour of the Caribbean with the Duke, 39, with the pair leaving Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, back in the UK.
However, despite the smiles, Katie Nicholl, author of Kate The Future Queen, who has been on several tours with Kate, said the mother-of-three struggles being away from her young family.
Speaking to Closer magazine, the royal expert said: ‘Kate wants to be modern, she wants to be hands-on, she wants to be present.’
Kate Middleton, 40, feels ‘a wrench’ being away from Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis during overseas tours, a royal expert has claimed
Meanwhile the royal expert also revealed how Kate had described how ‘difficult’ it was leaving her children behind on previous royal tours, including Bhutan in 2016.
Katie added: ‘Despite being the Duchess of Cambridge and being able to afford around-the-clock nannies and so on, she had her mum looking after Prince George and Princess Charlotte, which struck me as just really normal.
‘I could see how much comfort and confidence that gave her in getting on with her job, which she does brilliantly, but I think it is always such a wrench for her to leave her children behind.’
And that feeling of ‘wrench’ is going to possibly intensify in the future as Kate and William’s royal duties increase.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, last week returned from a controversial tour of the Caribbean with the Duke, 39 (pictured)
As the Queen, 95, grows increasingly frail and she possibly cancels more engagements the Duke and Duchess may get busier than ever.
Katie managed to dazzle both the press and her supporters throughout her Caribbean trip; despite difficulties such as Jamaica’s desire to become a republic and leave the Commonwealth, removing the Queen as Head of State, and their demands for reparations for the part the monarchy played in slavery.
But last week at Prince Philip’s memorial service Kate and William’s two older children, George, eight, and Charlotte, six, were proudly by their side.
Little Louis, three, was at home, most probably looked after by Kate’s mother Carole, 67.
Meanwhile the royal expert also revealed how Kate had described how ‘difficult’ it was leaving her children behind on previous royal tours, including Bhutan in 2016 (pictured with Prince William)
Katie’s comments come days after a royal expert claimed the Queen Mother ‘would have approved of Kate Middleton’ because she is ‘the real deal.’
Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond said The Duchess of Cambridge is ‘shaping up to be to be the perfect future Queen’.
Katie’s comments come after Jennie Bond claimed the Queen Mother ‘would have approved of Kate Middleton’ because she is ‘the real deal’. Kate is pictured in the Bahamas in March
She explained: ‘Everyone who spoke to the Queen Mother would say that she gave you the time of day. I say the same about Kate.
‘She gives the impression of being fully engaged and committed to any conversation or engagement, and the Queen Mother was notorious for that. She was so notorious for it, in fact, that she was late for everything!’
Jennie added that Kate and William are similar and that they ‘connect with young people in a way that’s vital for the success and future of the crown’ and have ‘nailed monarchy cool’.