Kate Middleton and the Duchess of Cornwall have a ‘very close’ relationship, a royal expert has claimed.
Earlier this week, it emerged Camilla, 74, had commissioned the Duchess of Cambridge, 40, to take her portrait for a special cover of Country Life released to mark her 75th birthday.
Speaking on GB News this morning, Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl said it was ‘lovely’ Camilla had asked Kate to take the snap, adding: ‘They’re very very close, they really are.
Kate Middleton, 40, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, have a ‘very close’ relationship, a royal expert has claimed
‘It’s interesting isn’t it, we were sitting here talking about the fab four last time and, of course, that was Harry and Meghan and William and Kate and now we talk about a very different fab four.
‘We are talking about Charles and Camilla and William and Kate.’
According to a royal source, it was Camilla’s idea to ask Kate to take the photograph, and Country Life’s managing and features editor, Paula Lester has said the publication ‘could not be happier with the results’ of the photoshoot.
She added: ‘In fact, the set of images she took was so good that we struggled to choose only three, from which The Duchess of Cornwall made her final selection.’
The Cambridges and Prince of Wales and Camilla appear closer than ever, having made more frequent appearances as a foursome in recent months (pictured together in February)
According to Paula, Kate took the commission ‘very seriously’ and was ‘incredibly professional’ about the job.
‘She phoned me to discuss our requirements for the cover and subsequently composed a range of beautifully shot images,’ Paula explained.
The decision for Kate to photograph the Duchess of Cornwall is the latest moment of unity between the Cambridges and the Prince of Wales and Camilla.
Over the past few months, the foursome have put on jovial and friendly displays at public events together, often led by Kate.
Kate is known to have a warm relationship with her father-in-law and has reportedly helped smooth the sometimes fractious relationship between the heir to the throne and his son, William.
According to a royal source, it was Camilla’s idea to ask Kate to take the photograph for the cover of Country Life
The Duchess was warmly welcomed into the family by Charles after her engagement to William, and she’s been heard affectionately calling him Grandpa in public on previous occasions.
Meanwhile she is often seen greeting him with a beaming smile, kissing him on the cheek.
Poignantly, she was photographed comforting the Prince of Wales following Prince Philip’s funeral procession last year.
In January, Kate, on the personal invitation of Prince Charles, joined him and Camilla on a visit to The Prince’s Foundation training site for arts and culture at Trinity Buoy Wharf, in London.
The royal expert called the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with Charles and Camilla the new ‘fab four’
It marked the first time since 2012 the trio have stepped out without William.
And at the recent Jubilee events, the foursome were often spotted sharing a laugh with one another.
At Trooping the Colour, Camilla rode in a carriage with Kate and the three Cambridge children, before the family watched the fly-past together from the Buckingham Palace balcony.
On the second day of the Jubilee celebrations, the foursome exchanged an affectionate greeting at the service of Thanksgiving for the Queen.
Meanwhile Kate and Will showed their family’s close bond with Camilla and Charles at the Platinum Pageant, when they asked ‘Grandpa’ to look after a mischievous Prince Louis in one playful moment.
How Prince Charles and Kate Middleton’s bond has become more apparent in the past year – with sweet greetings at public events
Prince Charles and Kate Middleton have shown several public signs of their close relationship over the past year.
In April 2021, the Duchess shared a kiss on the cheek with her grief-stricken father-in-law as they left Prince Philip’s funeral.
Kate consoled Prince Charles as the pair walked out of St George’s Chapel following the emotional service in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Photographs show Kate comforting the Prince of Wales over the loss of his father by putting her hand on his shoulder.
She then kisses him on the cheek as they set off from the entrance of the chapel. Prince Charles had earlier been visibly emotional as he walked in the procession.
And in June, the Duchess of Cambridge lovingly called father-in-law Prince Charles ‘grandpa’ when she greeted him at a G7 reception.
Kate used the family nickname while speaking to Charles at a reception at the Eden Project, in Cornwall.
Meanwhile in September, she attended the James Bond premiere alongside her father-in-law, greeting him with a close embrace as they met at Royal Albert Hall in London