The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are more relaxed in their royal roles since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry quit, but they feel “wholly responsible” to step up in their place.
Meghan and Harry officially stepped back from the royal spotlight at the end of last month, and haven’t been involved in the family’s official response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, Kate and William have visited a 111 NHS centre, remotely opened one of the new Nightingale hospitals and made a number of video calls to people serving on the front line.
According to Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, Kate and Wills are well aware of their influence and want to it to benefit the monarchy and the country at this uncertain time.
She told the Sun: “They feel almost wholly responsible as they are the only influential ones young enough to be out there at the moment apart from Sophie and Edward and The Princess Royal.
“They have the highest profile and want to use it to the benefit of the monarchy which has to be seen as being a comfort to people at this time.”
Ingrid says she’s also seen a change in the couple’s behaviour since Meghan and Harry quit.
She said: “I think they are sending the message that they can do it on their own without the support of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I get the impression that the Cambridges are far more relaxed and comfortable since Meghan and Harry left.”
While they haven’t been involved in the royal family’s official response, Meghan and Harry, who are living in LA, have been working with their own charities.
Meghan asked members of the Hubb Community Kitchen, who she worked with to launch her charity cookbook, to set up a food service for vulnerable people in the Grenfell community.
With the support of The Felix Project and the Evening Standard’s Food for London Now appeal, the volunteers will deliver food to poor and elderly people in the capital.
Meghan said: “The spirit of the Hubb Community Kitchen has always been one of caring, giving back and helping those in need, initially in Grenfell and now throughout the UK.
“A home-cooked meal from one neighbour to another, when they need it most, is what community is all about.
“I’m so proud of the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen, and the continued support The Felix Project gives them to carry out these acts of goodwill, which at this moment are urgently needed.
“I’m equally moved by the many people who are contributing to the Evening Standard’s campaign to raise money for these vital organisations in the wake of Covid-19.”