According to a royal expert, Kate Middleton reportedly believed there was still a chance to “pull back” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle into the royal family before their interview with Oprah Winfrey aired in March.
The Duchess of Cambridge is thought to have taken a similar approach to Queen Elizabeth II. The latter hoped that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would do a U-turn and return to the royal family before their bombshell interview with Oprah was broadcast earlier this year.
Royal expert Camilla Tominey wrote that she had been “reliably informed” that Kate Middleton had been telling her friends she did not think it was “too late to pull [Harry and Meghan] back in. ”
Writing for Stella magazine, Camilla Tominey stated: “I have been reliably informed she was even telling her friends before the Oprah interview that she did not think it was too late to “pull them back in.”
According to Tominey, insiders believe that the duchess’ natural instinct is to try and make peace and to smooth things over within the family.
After Meghan Markle claimed during the infamous interview that Kate Middleton had made her cry during a bridesmaids’ dress fitting, Tominey says the Duchess of Cambridge “rose above it” and still tried to mediate between her husband, Prince William, and his brother at the funeral of their grandfather, Prince Philip, weeks afterward.
She was the first member of the royal family to be seen at St George’s Chapel speaking with Prince Harry after the ceremony and seemed to step back to allow William and Harry the opportunity to have a conversation.
Royal expert Tominey went on to praise the future queen by saying: “Her skillful handling of royal crises in recent months suggests that she is fast emerging as the jewel in the monarchy’s crown.”
Royal biographer Christopher Wilson also spoke to Stella magazine and revealed how Kate Middleton has been able to achieve what the late Princess Diana could not.
Wilson wrote: “What Kate has managed to achieve – and I think in a better way than Princess Diana did — is to combine magic with retaining a sense of the ordinary. Diana went off the scale of stardom and disappeared into the stratosphere. Kate has kept her feet on the ground, coming from this determinedly middle-class family, which has in turn helped to ground William too. Their marriage is strong because of that.”
Many of Wilson and Tominey’s comments are echoed by Kate’s uncle, Gary Goldsmith, 56, a recruitment consultant, who believes “every bone in her body is about making friends and doing the best she can.”
Goldsmith, who is the brother of Kate’s mother, Carole Middleton, said his niece is a “brilliant arbiter and peacemaker” who is doing what she can to promote reconciliation between her spouse and his younger brother.