‘No coincidence’ Kate ‘upping her game’ as Meghan ramps up engagements – expert

A royal commentator has claimed that Kate Middleton’s week of public appearances, capped off with a golden display at the James Bond premiere, was evidence of Kate “upping her game” as she allegedly competes with Meghan Markle.

The Duchess of Cambridge began the week playing tennis with US open winner Emma Raducanu, before donning a golden dress at the ‘No Time To Die’ premiere in London, accompanied by her husband Prince William, and Prince Charles and Camilla.

At the same time, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have been busy with engagements in the US.

The Sussexes visited New York to attend the Global Citizen Live Event in support of fairer vaccine distribution, in the couple’s first public appearance together since the birth of their daughter Lilibet.

Now, speaking on the Mail’s Palace Confidential podcast, royal historian Tessa Dunlop claimed that Kate's appearances mark the reported competition she has been in with Meghan since the latter's relocation to the US with Prince Harry.

Tessa suggested: “she's really shown her versatility,

“And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this has all happened at the same time as there’s been a whistle-stop tour going on on the other side of the pond.”

Also on the podcast’s panel, royal expert Richard Eden disagreed, noting that over the years, Kate has consistently enjoyed dressing for the occasion.

“I don’t think she needs to up her game at all”, he suggested.

However, Tessa responded: “I think that’s naïve to suggest that they’re operating in entirely separate spheres; one surely informs the other."

The royal historian pointed out a "tender moment" captured on camera, which saw Kate and her father-in-law the Duke of Wales embracing, adding: “I think the whole thing, if not deliberately choreographed, certainly had the subconscious touch of a woman who is staking her claim.

“She’s backing the institution, that’s what she’s committed her life to, and it’s also a play to support her husband.

“He’s been somewhat under the cosh, because let’s face it, they got on really well back in the day, Harry and William, they were a team, and I think she’s trying to compensate for what’s missing.”

This comes as another royal commentator claimed that Kate’s Bond premiere appearance would have been ‘hard for Meghan’ because of the alleged competition between the pair.

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