Kate Middleton heartbreak: Is the Duchess close with Prince Harry after royal ‘step back’?

Kate Middleton and Prince William, 37, will usually step out together to perform their royal duties. On many occasions, they have also been joined by William’s brother, Prince Harry. What does Kate’s body language reveal about her relationship with the Duke of Sussex?


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, 38, announced last month they would “step back” from their role as senior royals.

This means they will no longer carry out official royal duties on behalf of the Queen.

Kate and her brother-in-law have always appeared to get on well.

Last year, they joined together to show their respects on Anzac Day.

In the rare outing without William or Meghan, Kate and Harry’s body language showed their close bond.

Body language expert Judi James, told Express.co.uk: “Harry managed to look relaxed, amused and very much the old playful Harry with his sister-in-law Kate at the Anzac Day service.

“Harry was sporting jaunty, upbeat-looking body language again, striding into the church alongside Kate with the pair looking as much like close friends as they have ever done.”

Although they were working at the time, the pair seemed to be genuinely enjoying themselves as friends.

Judi added: “Harry was clearly having fun in Kate’s company, with their mirrored body language and their prolonged eye contact.

“Their smiles were both matching and congruent, with rounded ‘Apple’ cheeks and eye-smiles and they were what is called ‘pinging’ smiles, meaning they seemed to bounce off one another.

“Kate’s open-mouth smile complete with the same slight jaw-jut we saw at Easter was matched by Harry’s smile and his V shaped eyebrows signalled the pair were sharing the same sense of humour.

“If we contrast Harry’s response to William to Harry’s reactions to Kate it does seem to point to the idea that if there are any rifts in these relationships it’s about the brothers rather than their wives.”


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The outing was one of the last times Kate and Harry stepped out together in public themselves.

Since Harry and Meghan have stepped back from duties, Kate and William appear to be out taking on extra responsibilities.

The Duchess of Cambridge has appeared professional, however she could be affected by the loss of her brother-in-law as a fellow working royal.

Since leaving the Royal Family, Kate and William have had to take on extra work which could be causing strain for the Duchess.

Speaking to New magazine, an insider said: “Meghan leaving the fold has put a tremendous amount of pressure on Kate’s shoulders.

“Although she is willing to do the heavy lifting and take on extra work in their absence, Kate does feel that she was doing an awful lot already.

“Kate has found herself trying to do it all – console her husband, look after her children, take on more work and try to smooth things over.

“She’s been absolutely put under pressure with it all, but has been putting a brave face on as always.”

Prince Harry and Meghan are set to split their time between the UK and Canada which means it is likely Kate will now see less of them.

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