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Kate Middleton's confidence has grown following the fall out with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a royal expert claims.
The 39 year old dazzled on the red carpet at the premiere of the new James Bond movie, No Time To Die, on Tuesday night and looked equally as incredible when she wore a magenta power suit for an engagement in Northern Ireland the next day.
Royal expert Duncan Larcombe exclusively tells OK!: "I think what we see in Kate and what was epitomised by the Bond premiere was this newfound confidence. I think Kate is riding the crest of a wave in may ways, partly because of the falling out with Harry and Meghan, but also because in lockdown she really was able to come into her own and continue the work of the Royal family with her social media posts."
He continued: "Polls have shown that Kate and William are only now second to The Queen in terms of popularity in Britain and that was, until fairly recently, a position almost nailed on Prince Harry. But he's dropped right down the pecking order in recent months.
"Kate has this charm offensive she's been engaged in since the drama with Harry and Meghan. We've seen her offer more personal notes of her life. Such as when she released a video of the family over Easter as they toasted marshmallows on the beach and when she and William visited Scotland and William made the keynote speech about how he was in Scotland the moment that it came through that his mother has died.
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"Together, as a couple, they seem to be opening up more. Another example is the sight of Kate with Prince William and Prince George at the Euros final, one of the few occasions ever where George has accompanied his parents on an official engagement, which it was for Prince William.
"The signs of this growing confidence, she seems to be more self-assured and ready to open up a bit more of herself.
"The Bond premiere, the dazzling outfit, all the razzmatazz that the Royals need, it just shows how important Kate has become and how confident she has become."
He continued: "This is a coming of age of Kate. I think a lot of factors have combined to put her right at the forefront of the Royal family, and we saw that at the Bond premiere, all eyes were on her.
"She's emerged from Covid as one of the most important members of the Royal family, which might be a coincidence given events happening over in America, but I think we're now seeing evidence of the positioning of William and Kate at the forefront of the work of the Royal family."
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