Kate Middleton and Prince William has been "stressed" and "under pressure" over settling into their new Windsor home, according to a royal commentator.
The Prince and Princess of Wales, both 40, as well as their children Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, are said to have moved into their new four-bedroom of Adelaide Cottage after leaving behind their Kensington Palace apartment in early September.
But just days into settling into their new surroundings, William lost his beloved grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away at the age of 96 on 8 September.
Speaking on TalkTV's Royal Tea, host Sarah Hewson spoke to royal expert Katie Nicholl about the stressful period they've been through.
"Katie, you said this week she has been under pressure, she has been stressed of late and that William and Kate have not had the settling-in period they might have been hoping for of their new life," she said.
To which Katie replied: "Absolutely. They've said that themselves… that this hasn't been the settling period that they had hoped for.
"Of course, they made that big move just after the summer holidays to move to Windsor. A significant and pretty bold move leaving Kensington Palace, enrolling the children in new schools, setting up a new life for themselves in Windsor."
She went on to share her belief that the family moved into Adelaide Cottage in a bid to live "below the radar" and have a normal family life with their three children.
"Of course, no one could have expected that the Queen would have died just at the start of all of that," Katie continued. "Very, very difficult times. I think behind the scenes there is a fair bit of stress and anxiety for all of the family."
The Queen's death rocked the Royal Family, who each paid tribute to the late monarch. At the time, William shared: "On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute. So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign.
"I, however, have lost a grandmother. And while I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful."
He continued: "I have had the benefit of The Queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade. My wife has had 20 years of her guidance and support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives.
"She was by my side at my happiest moments. And she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real."
Concluding his statement, the royal thanked his late grandmother and pledged to "honour her memory", adding: "I thank her for the kindness she showed my family and me. And I thank her on behalf of my generation for providing an example of service and dignity in public life that was from a different age, but always relevant to us all.
"My grandmother famously said that grief was the price we pay for love. All of the sadness we will feel in the coming weeks will be testament to the love we felt for our extraordinary Queen.
"I will honour her memory by supporting my father, The King, in every way I can."
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