Kate Middleton has stunned royal insiders as well as the general public with her recent “authentic and intimate” interviews during the coronavirus lockdown. The Duchess of Cambridge has won plaudits for her casual, and informal interviews that she has held during the pandemic. She recently spoke to midwives and new families to ask how they are coping under the lockdown.
This morning, she even joined Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield without husband Prince William to launch a lockdown photography project that she hopes will help to capture “the spirit of the nation” during the pandemic.
Speaking on The Heirpod podcast royal expert Omid Scobie discussed how lockdown has prompted a dramatic shift in how Kate carries out her interviews.
He said that the Duchess of Cambridge is usually swamped by royal aides and private secretaries who orchestrate every second of her royal engagements.
But, Scobie revealed how Kate is “on her own” under lockdown, which is helping to show a more “raw and authentic” side to the royal.
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He explained: “You are seeing this laidback side of her, and it’s really enjoyable. Seeing her talk to a new mum, who had just given birth 16 hours before the call, you could see how relatable it was.
“Kate was very caring in her call with the midwife and the new mothers.”
His co-host Maggie Rulli added: “You bring up a good point that hadn’t hit home until just now.
“But they are doing all of this on their own. You know, growing up as royalty, you are used to having a communications staff that helps you with all of these events.
“Is Kate really doing this on her own? Obviously, she has William and the kids, but who is helping the family at the moment?”
Scobie responded: “It is just them! They are helping themselves.
“It’s really interesting because I’m used to being on royal engagements and private secretaries who are always very quick to whisper in the ears of the royals about who they are about to be talking to, and to prepare each moment.”
He added: “You know how orchestrated these events are. So there is something really refreshing about the organic nature of these Zoom calls.
“They don’t seem to run to an exact time frame. Sometimes royal engagements are planned down to the second.
“But Kate’s call with the midwives and the new mums ran on as long as it needed to. I hope once this is all over we keep some of this informality. I hope that continues.”
Rulli followed-up: “That is why we are seeing this almost authentic, raw side of Kate. Maybe it is because they are doing this on their own. There is no pressure of the press secretary, it’s just her.”