Kate Middleton and Prince William have gone from strength to strength after their spectacular 2011 royal wedding, perhaps best illustrated by the birth of their three beautiful children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. They have built a strong relationship over a long courtship that began in 2001, which has allowed Kate to become the royal family’s “stealth missile”, according to royal expert Marcia Moody. The royal author’s 2013 book, “Kate: A Biography”, analyses how the Duchess of Cambridge has proven herself to be such an asset to the royal family.
Ms Moody writes: “For over ten years she has been the person closest to the man who will one day be king but she only slowly slipped into the public’s consciousness, like the royal family’s stealth missile.
“Kate was able to enter the prince’s life unnoticed at first, while they worked out how they felt about each other – a luxury unheard of for previous generations of royals.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s long relationship, lasting for ten years before they married, also allowed Kate to adjust to the demands of royal life.
Ms Moody explains: “She was by William’s side for eight years before they got engaged and, although their brief break-up made the headlines, for the most part she was a low-key public presence.
Kate Middleton was dubbed the royal family's 'stealth missile' by author Marcia Moody (Image: Getty)
“It was only when their engagement was announced that the spotlight was shone square on