Kate Middleton is quietly carrying on with her royal duties this week – as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrated the Invictus Games with veterans in Germany.
According to the Court Circular, The Princess of Wales, 41, held an Early Years meeting at Windsor Castle yesterday.
The royal’s work through her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood to promote the importance of the first five years of a child’s life has been accelerated over the past year.
It comes as her brother-in-law the Duke of Sussex and his wife the Duchess continued their week long trip to Dusseldorf for the Invictus Games.
It has been claimed veterans have become frustrated that the Invictus Games are not getting the attention from senior royals which other sporting events enjoy – with Buckingham Palace looking ‘petty and mean-spirited’ by not paying it enough attention.
Kate Middleton is quietly carrying on with her royal duties this week – as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrated the Invictus Games with veterans in Germany
It has been claimed v eterans have become frustrated that the Invictus Games are not getting the attention from senior royals which other sporting events enjoy – with Buckingham Palace looking ‘petty and mean-spirited’ by not paying it enough attention
The Prince and Princess of Wales were integral in the early stages of the Invictus Games.
The Royal Foundation, which was shared by Prince Harry at the time – invested significant amounts of money in the event.
There is now a sense of frustration among some British athletes that their endeavours are not recognised by public figures – including senior royals – who are quick to send good wishes to competitors in other international events, The Telegraph reports.
Critics argue the royal family’s ‘ill-will’ towards Harry should not be held against the disabled veterans who are competing.
In 2014 the then Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William attended the opening ceremony of the first ever Invictus Games in London. But the royal family hasn’t commented on the event for a number of years.
An anonymous UK media strategist said: ‘It’s ironic Buckingham Palace has had more to say about the Highland Games than the Invictus Games, despite the honorary military roles they hold.
‘In doing so, the palace ends up looking mean-spirited and petty. The ill will against Harry should not be held against the Invictus competitors.’
Kate’s work on Early Years development has been the focus of her royal work over the last few years (pictured in June)
Former Royal Marine Ben McBean said he understood both sides of the ‘rift’ between the brothers but added that they should have put their differences aside.
Mr McBean, who lost both an arm and a leg in Afghanistan and inspired Prince Harry to start the games, added that the team should’ve had a shout-out.
And a Team UK insider said the athletes find the lack of support from public figures ‘bizarre’ but don’t want to get caught up in the ‘royal crossfire’.
An official within the UK team told The Telegraph that due to the event getting bigger and bigger and the royal family’s recent focus on sporting competitions, there could have been more support from back home.
Palace sources reportedly say that members of the Royal family never involve themselves in each others’ professional endeavours, and they would not expect the Duke to voice support for the finalists of William’s Earthshot Prize, for example.
The meeting is not the only royal engagement Kate has undertaken in this past week.
On Tuesday, she went to HMP High Down in Surrey on Tuesday to learn more about the work of an addiction charity.
The Invictus Games is one of the big projects that Prince Harry has continued since his departure from the royal family.
The lack of attention paid to Prince Harry ‘s Invictus Games by the Buckingham Palace ‘looks petty’ and ‘mean-spirited’ a media strategist has said. Meghan Markle and the Duke pictured at the games on Wednesday
Meghan was was as enthusiastic as ever at the games with Prince Harry
He was given a hero’s welcome in Germany by those attending the latest iteration of the competition he founded for wounded and disabled military veterans.
Harry arrived at the event trailed by dozens of excited schoolchildren who had been given time off from studies to attend.
Harry has said he plans to attend as many events as he can during the week-long competition.
On Tuesday, Meghan Markle joined the Duke at the games held at the Merkur Spiel-Arena, where the pair were seen smiling and rejoicing as they watched numerous sporting events.
The Duchess was seen sporting a stars and stripes badge as she cheered her home country on ring the wheelchair basketball game between USA and France yesterday.
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