At one point in time, Kate Middleton and Prince William were looked at as a unit alongside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The two couples were expected to be the Fab Four, though it’s unclear if they ever quite made it to that point, according to Vanity Fair. Once Harry and Meghan decided to step down as senior members of the royal family, the future of the monarchy fell squarely on William and Kate, but the transition was handled effortlessly by the Duchess of Cambridge. “[Kate] knew she was going to have to up her game—and she did. Now she’s a royal rock star — everything Meghan should have been,” a senior royal source told the Daily Mail.
It seems as though William and Kate’s bond is stronger than ever before, and the two are ready to take on the future — their future — as a team of two. The Daily Mail’s Dan Wootton pointed out that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s appearance at the “James Bond” premiere really showcased how Kate has stepped things up. “I have no doubt what we saw on the Bond red carpet this week was a transformed Duchess prepared for decades of battle,” Wootton writes, adding that he believes that Queen Elizabeth must be so grateful that William chose Kate as his wife.