Kate sees her function within the family as “supporting her husband” and his work while also carrying on with her key initiatives, according to royal expert Andrew Morton. Similarly, Prince Philip has led his life of public duties as a supporting act to the Queen.
Appearing on Mail +’s Palace Confidential, Mr Morton was discussing what Princess Diana would think of her daughters-in-law.
Meghan and Diana, he said, have completely different personalities, with the late princess being shyer and less self-assured than the Duchess of Sussex.
On the other hand, she shared similar traits with Kate.
He said: “She admired Americans, so I think she would have admired Meghan.
“But at the same time, I think she would have warmed to Catherine because Catherine – like Diana – was shy, she was a product of her background and the worked through it.
“She sees her role as supporting her husband, just as Prince Philip saw his role supporting the Queen.
“Two couples who supported each others through the vicissitudes of royal life.”
Prince Harry was told by ex Chelsy Davy not to make a comment about Kate’s legs (Image: GETTY)
The never-before-seen photos and video clips were unveiled last night, in a new ITV documentary called The Queen Unseen. During the programme, Royal fans were treated to personal footage of Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh, including a video of the couple relaxing near a pool.
One clip in the ITV documentary showed a much younger Queen and Prince Philip near a pool: Her Majesty is watching from the sidelines as Philip tries and fails to get on a lilo.
The Duke of Edinburgh then plays with his children in the pool, tugging a child – who turned out to be the daughter of New Zealand’s Governor General at the time – along on the lilo.
Other photos showed the Queen watching her husband and their children while they fish near a river during a holiday in Scotland.
Another piece of footage captured a happy moment between the Queen and Philip as they take a traditional sleigh ride during their tour of Canada in 1951.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary later this month.
Millions of people around the world tuned in to watch their spectacular ceremony at Westminster Abbey, where William’s younger brother Harry had the important role of best man.
However, he was warned to tone down a comment about Kate in his best man speech by his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy, who attended the wedding with him.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl said Harry had planned to talk about the Duchess of Cambridge’s “killer legs” but was advised not to “embarrass” the bride.
Of the speech, Ms Nicholl wrote in the biography Harry: Life, Loss, and Love: “It was affectionate, warm and funny and touched William deeply.
“When he said the couple’s decade-long romance was his inspiration, there was a shy smile from Chelsy, while Kate shed a tear.
“The speech was peppered with Harry’s classic sense of humour, and he ribbed his brother: ‘William didn’t have a romantic bone in his body before he met Kate, so I knew it was serious when William suddenly started cooing down the phone at Kate.’
“Famous for his mimicry, Harry then impersonated his brother calling Kate ‘Babykins’, to much laughter from the guests.
“She [Chelsy] had helped Harry edit the best man’s speech, sensitively advising him to take out a line about Kate’s ‘killer legs’ that might have embarrassed the bride.”