Kate and her husband Prince William have had more of the public gaze upon them than ever following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s so-called ‘declaration of independence’ in January. Their workload has increased so much that some claim she has been working 18-hour days in recent weeks. While Kate in particular has been commended for stepping up during a “bumpy” period for the Royal Family, reports have emerged that she would like to have another child and, if true, this means she would have to step away from the forefront of public life.
Speaking to Fabulous Digital in September last year, royal commentator Phil Dampier said: “It wouldn’t surprise me if they have a fourth child.
“Not only does [Kate] love family life in Norfolk, to be honest it gives her an excuse to not be at the forefront of royal duties for a bit longer, which I don’t think she enjoys.
“I think Kate’s been interacting with the public and doing very well recently, but from what I’m told, she’d rather be at home with the children.”
Kate – known for her more reserved nature – pulled out of a red carpet event, the Tusk Awards, back in November “due to the children” according to a Kensington Palace spokesperson.
After Princess Charlotte's 2015 birth, Kate revealed how she felt about motherhood.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge (Image: Getty)
Kate is known to connect well with children (Image: Getty)
She said “becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience" but did point out "it’s full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love and worry, all mixed together”.
As the future Queen consort, Kate is expected to devote her life to her royal duties.
Only an exceptional set of circumstances could excuse her from public life, such as maternity leave.
After Charlotte's birth, it was not long until she and William were accused of being “reluctant royals”.
The Sun revealed statistics in 2016 showing that William made 188 royal appearances, while Kate only attended 140 engagements – compared to a staggering 530 attended by Charles in the same year.
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Kate Middleton news: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge taking Charlotte and George to school (Image: Getty)