Kate Middleton proved she is ready to "step up" and take on the role of future Queen at Prince Philip's funeral, a Royal expert claimed.
The Duchess of Cambridge supported her husband, Prince William, throughout the Duke of Edinburgh’s ceremonial service, and was notably dressed for the occasion.
She wore the Queen’s necklace, which was once loaned to Princess Diana, alongside matching pearls and a black face mask, giving a "quiet dignity" to the sad event
Kate is also said to have played peacemaker between Prince William and Harry at the funeral, and even took part in a conversation to "heal wounds with Harry."
Royal biographer Phil Dampier told FEMAIL Kate’s presence proved she is "maturing rapidly in her role” and wants to do "what’s best for the royal family," just like the Queen.
Mr Dampier said: "At Prince Philip's funeral Kate really came of age,.
'She comforted Prince Charles with an affectionate kiss and hug, brought William and Harry together, and very much gave a quiet dignity to proceedings.
'She reportedly took part in a chat at Frogmore Cottage, along with Charles and William, to heal the wounds with Harry."
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He added that Kate's involvement in William, Harry and Charles' conversation "must have been hard" for her after Meghan Markle spoke about her in the Oprah Winfrey interview.
Meghan claimed a report that she had once made Kate cry was untrue, and that it had occurred the other way round, with the Duchess of Sussex in tears.
Mr Dampier said: "That must have been hard after what Harry and Meghan said about her in the Oprah Winfrey interview, but Kate is maturing rapidly and wants to do what's best for the royal family."
Queen won't host summit between Prince Harry and William as 'she hates confrontation'
Prince Charles and William will now reportedly hold a summit with the Queen to decide on the future of the Royal Family.
The father son duo or set to discuss the roles of current Royals, the number of patronages, and decide upon who will take over Prince Harry and Prince Philip's military titles.
Kate is expected to be a key figure moving forward, with "a lot resting" on the Duchess and her husband, William.
Mr Dampier said: "They have enjoyed long periods of family life in Norfolk, trying to give their children the most normal upbringing as possible.
'But now they will have to step up to the plate as a future king and queen and Kate looks ready to play her part."
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