Kate and Prince William are a ‘new-look Charles and Princess Diana’, expert ...

Prince William, second in line to the throne, and wife Kate look set to walk in the footsteps of his parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana and become a “major force” on the world stage, royal expert Robert Jobson has claimed. The royal author said the couple look set to enjoy the same success Charles and Diana did in the early years of their marriage, and play a key role in the UK’s “soft-power diplomacy”. Mr Hobson also suggested William’s younger brother Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle will continue to come to the fore this year, and push their agenda through their new Sussex Foundation.

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Speaking to Hello! magazine, Mr Jobson said: “I believe the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s position will continue to evolve, with them resembling more of a new-look Charles and Diana in their hugely successful early days on the world stage, becoming a major force in the UK’s soft-power diplomacy.”

The comment is understood to be a nod to Princess Diana’s charitable work, where she campaigned for animal protection and fighting the use of landmines, as well as helping the homeless, youth and the elderly.

She also spoke candidly about her mental health struggles and battle with bulimia, a legacy William and Kate are determined to build on.

The Cambridges have been prominent mental health advocates, launching the charity Heads Together and helping to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

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Mr Hobson, author of Charles: our Future King, said he thought William and Kate’s role in the royal family will “continue to evolve” this year.

The royal expert also said he expects Prince Charles to take on the bulk of the Queen’s major overseas visits.

He anticipates the heir to the throne will tour another African county and play a central role at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda.

On Harry and Meghan, the royal expert predicted the couple would spend more time in the US.

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