Prince William andKate Middleton “seem more relaxed with each other than ever” as the dust settles fromHarry’s bombshell book, a royal expert has said.
Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond, speaking exclusively toOK!, said it appears the Prince and Princess of Wales feel “the worst is over” following the damaging claims that came out in the Duke of Sussex’s memoirSpare and the Sussexes’ controversialNetflix documentary.
Harry’s book, published in January, brought anew round of attacks on the Royal Family – with criticism directed towards William and Kate – as well asKing Charles andQueen Consort Camilla.
Among the most explosive allegations in the memoir was the claim thatWilliam physically attacked his brother in a row over Meghan Markle.
But William, 40, and Kate, 41, have apparently bounced back from the attacks, appearing together in high spirits on a number of recent royal engagements – including most recently on a visit toWales for St David’s Day.
Princess Kate was even filmedpatting William’s bum in a rare public display of affection at the BAFTA awards last month.
Jennie said: “Kate and William seem more relaxed with each other than ever – bum tapping. Does that have anything to do with the dust settling around the Harry and Meghan book, interviews, Netflix programme?
“I think they feel the worst is over. Surely not much more Harry and Meghan can say or do. They’ve come out of it pretty well.
“William’s reputation took a bit of a bashing, we had confirmation he has a very hot temper and various other unpleasantries in Spare. I think they think they’ve come through it with dignity and that this tactic of keeping your heads down – or really keeping your head up I suppose and carrying on with your work, being seen, not hiding away, not having public confrontation, it’s paid off.”
Jennie added that while WIlliam and Kate’s popularity is “soaring”, Harry and Meghan’s has been taking a dive – which must give the Waleses a “certain satisfaction”.
Kate and William appeared in high spirits this week as they visited south Wales to launch a collaboration between their foundation and local community groups tocreate therapy allotments and gardens offering mental health support.
Later that day, they went head-to head in a race in a spin class – withPrincess Kate emerging as the winner despite wearing heels, while William suffered an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction.
Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, meanwhile, have seen tensions with the Royal Family further heightened after it emerged King Charles had asked themto vacate Frogmore Cottage – their UK home that was gifted to them by the lateQueen after they tied the knot in 2018.
According to reports, the King wants theDuke and Duchess of Sussex out of Frogmore Cottage before his Coronation in May.
It was reported that the home willinstead be offered to Prince Andrew, 63, after it was revealed theDuke of York isset to be moved from Royal Lodge in Windsor Park, where he has lived since 2003.
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