- Kate Middleton has been assisting the queen, carrying out various engagements on her behalf amid the pandemic.
- According to a royal insider, Kate has become the queen's "rock".
- "Having Kate as her rock has made it so much easier for the queen to adapt to her new life at Windsor," the insider claims.
Though the royal family have kept busy during the coronavirus pandemic, it undoubtedly shook things up within the firm.
Royal visits became virtual, and the queen moved from Buckingham Palace, where she conducted most of her royal business, to Windsor Castle, usually her weekend home. The queen will likely not return to Buckingham Palace for the rest of the year – and addressing the nation, something she's only done four times before, proves the dire circumstances of the situation.
So how exactly has the queen managed to keep calm and carry on amid the pandemic? According to royal insiders, by depending on one person who's been her "rock" through it all: Kate Middleton.
Speaking to US Weekly, a source said: "These are strange times for everyone, senior royals included, and having Kate as her rock has made it so much easier for the queen to adapt to her new life at Windsor. More than anything, knowing she can rely on Kate and Prince William to handle matters in her absence is the greatest comfort she could ask for."
The insider added: "Her Majesty sees the Cambridges as the future of the monarchy and trusts Kate and William's judgment implicitly. Kate asks for advice about speeches she's due to make, whom she can depend on most within the palace and protocol dos and don'ts. The queen's more than happy to impart her wisdom — she's proud to be Catherine's go-to adviser about royal life."
William also calls Kate his "better half" the source says, adding: "Their approach to everything is similar. They embody that 'Keep calm and carry on' mentality, choosing to focus on positives when things get tough."