Kate Middleton set to take over Harrys patron role imminently, sources claim

Kate Middleton is set to take over a role previously held by Prince Harry, in a position that could put her at odds with her husband, Prince William, sources say.

In just under a month, the Duchess of Sussex is set to be unveiled as the new patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

Sources say the announcement will be made "imminently" and would make the Duchess the first member of the Royal Family to take up one of Prince Harry's roles after he left The Firm with Meghan Markle.

The Duke of Sussex handed back his patronages to the Queen last year when he and Meghan confirmed they would no longer be working royals.

With Kate set to take on the RFU role, she could find herself in a difficult position with her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, writes the Express.

On February 26, Eddie Jones' England rugby team face off against the reigning Six Nations champions, Wales, at Twickenham.

Prince William has served as patron of the Welsh national team since 2016, with the competitive Duke celebrating in a scarlet jersey when Wales beat England 28-25 in the 2015 Rugby World Cup when Prince Harry was the patron of the England squad.

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The Duke of Cambridge also reportedly tried to wind up Mike Tindall, his cousin's husband, over the rivalry between the two nations.

Tindall, who won the 2003 Rugby World Cup with England, said: "Every time Wales win… he's straight on the phone to me.

"And I was like, 'I've still got lots of pictures of you in our changing rooms with your England jersey on'

"That picture of William and Harry when they both became heads of the [English and Welsh unions] and they were both sat next to each other [in their England and Wales jerseys] is the best one ever.

"When Wales play England he has to have his Welsh jersey on but, I think, he would support England as well".

The grudge between the English and Welsh rugby teams may add another competitive layer to Kate and William's relationship.

A source said: "They are famously competitive with each other and this will be no different – probably even more so now that they have an invested interest in the outcome of the game.

Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's sister, has revealed how important the game is to the family.

Writing in Vanity Fair in 2014, she said: "Rugby was a big thing for our family, we'd plan our weekends around the big matches."

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