Prince William and Kate are set to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary next month. The couple have three children together, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. A close aide to the family told royal expert Roya Nikkhah the Cambridges had a few years of “normal” life away from the full-time glare of the royal spotlight.
The source said: “For years, the battles around privacy and paparazzi intrusion were all-consuming.
“William wanted to know, could we build them a credible plan allowing them a family life while slowly increasing the profile of official life?
“It took years to get there, but the success of that plan allowed him to be confident and content in his role.
“He’s not worried about his kids’ privacy any more and he has been able to be the kind of dad he wants to be.”
And Ms Nikkhah said Kate played a key role in increasing their children’s public appearances.
Ms Nikkhah said: “The children’s birthdays are marked with photographs — often taken by the Duchess of Cambridge — and there has been a noticeable increase in their public appearances of late.
“While not ‘officially’ staged, William was happy to let George and Charlotte be photographed at their first Aston Villa match with Mum and Dad in 2019.
“Pandemic set pieces have shown the family clapping for the NHS on the steps of Anmer Hall, their Norfolk home, and, before Christmas, their first red-carpet appearance together for an evening at the panto with key workers and their children.”
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Elsewhere in her piece in the Times, Ms Nikkhah revealed the Duke of Cambridge was not ready to dedicate to royal duties but he is now in a different position.
According to Ms Nikkhah, William’s attitude towards the media has changed and he “understands” the power it has.
But the expert said Kate’s “groundedness” has been the “critical anchor”.
She quoted a friend of the Duke as saying: “Marriage maketh the man.
“Catherine’s groundedness has been the critical anchor.
“And where his relationship with the media was once all fury and frustration, he now understands using the power of modern media, so the public feel they’re getting enough access.”
This comes following Meghan Markle and Harry’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey where they made several bombshell accusations about their time in the Firm.
William has been the only member of the Firm to respond in person to racism allegations and reassured the public the Royal Family “is not racist”.