Kate Middleton 'perfectly at home in Balmoral' before Meghan snubbed visit

Kate Middleton was ‘shy bride-to-be’ says expert

The Royal Family has endured some of its most tumultuous events in recent times. Only last month, Prince Philip sadly passed away aged 99. This was shortly before the Queen readied to celebrate her 95th birthday, and Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge marked their tenth anniversary.

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Things had become hectic even before this, however.

The fallout of Meghan and Prince Harry has plagued the family ever since they announced their departure last year.

Before this the pair had revealed they were no longer happy as senior working royals.

Many pay their respects to Kate who, like Meghan, entered the family as an outsider and a "commoner" but gelled into the fold almost seamlessly.

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Kate Middleton: The Duchess passed the Balmoral Test before Meghan Markle snubbed her inviteKate Middleton: The Duchess passed the Balmoral Test before Meghan Markle snubbed her invite (Image: GETTY)

Prince Philip: The Duke of Edinburgh sadly passed away last month aged 99Prince Philip: The Duke of Edinburgh sadly passed away last month aged 99 (Image: GETTY)

One pivotal moment of Kate's becoming a royal came after she was invited to Balmoral, an event that has been described as the "Balmoral Test" for those entering the Firm from the outside.

Kate made her first visit in 2009, two years before she and William married; just a year after her parents were invited to a shooting weekend there which hinted an engagement was on the horizon.

According to Christopher Andersen, a royal author, writing in his book, 'William and Kate: A Royal Love Story', Kate passed the Balmoral Test with flying colours.

He said: "It was one thing to be asked to accompany Wills on club-hopping excursions in London and Edinburgh.

"It was quite another to be invited to Balmoral, which William’s great-great-great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria called 'this dear Paradise'.

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Balmoral: Kate pictured with the Queen travelling to church near BalmoralBalmoral: Kate pictured with the Queen travelling to church near Balmoral (Image: GETTY)

"By all accounts, Kate was the first girl Wills ever brought to Balmoral – in a large part because, said a royal insider, 'He must have known how much she would love it.'"

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More importantly, he added: "As Kate stood on the riverbank angling for salmon, trout and pike, it quickly became clear

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