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Queen Elizabeth has always supported Prince William and Kate Middleton as the future of the British monarchy.
The claim was made by royal expert Andrew Morton, who has written a new book on the reigning monarch titled ‘The Queen’. The best-selling author, known for being Princess Diana’s biographer, has previously written books about other members of the British royal family, including Meghan Markle and Princess Margaret.
Morton’s latest book coincides with the Platinum Jubilee, marking Elizabeth’s 70th year on the throne.
“The thing about Kate is that the Queen was impressed that she adored and loved William for himself, not for his title,” Morton told OK! Wednesday review.
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“He spends much more time supporting and nurturing the relationship between William and Catherine than he does with Charles and Diana. It’s pretty clear that he wasn’t going to make that mistake again.”
While the reigning monarch saw the couple as “all in the future,” the royal house needed convincing.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met in 2001 while studying at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. William told the Telegraph that they had been friends for over a year before a relationship blossomed.
While tabloids reported the couple split in 2007, they reportedly got back together later that year. William proposed to Middleton in 2010 while on vacation in Kenya. The couple married in 2011.
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“Everything that happened in [Kate and William’s] After a while, the relationship was quite strategic, quite reflective,” Morton said.
Morton’s Book revealed that the Queen, 96, was delighted after the couple officially tied the knot.
“The Queen was positively frisky on her grandson’s wedding day, ‘practically jumping’, according to one observer, absolutely delighted with the way the public reacted to the royal newlyweds,” Morton wrote in an excerpt published by TheMirror.
“She felt that the future of the royal family, her family, was so secure,” he continued. “The monarchy was once again celebrated in the admiration and affection of the masses.”
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William’s royal responsibilities have increased significantly since the royal wedding.
For the first time, the 39-year-old attended the official opening of Parliament this month, accompanied by his father, Prince Charles, and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Buckingham Palace has announced that the Queen will not be in attendance for the first time in nearly 60 years as she struggles to get around. She noted that the decision was made in consultation with her doctors and that Elizabeth had “reluctantly” decided not to attend. Charles, 73, who is in the front row, read the queen’s speech on her behalf.
Also for the first time, Elizabeth asked William to represent her after the death of a foreign ruler. The prince traveled to the United Arab Emirates to offer his condolences following the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu Dhabi. He met with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who has been appointed president of the United Arab Emirates.
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It is likely that William was selected for the trip due to the Queen cutting back on his foreign travel due to his mobility issues.
William and Middleton, 40, share three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.