Kate Middleton was once mistaken for being a Buckingham Palace employee and her response was lovely

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Prince William's assistant to be more specific.

The Wales family is undoubtedly the most talked-about in the world, with Prince William, Princess Kate and their children George, Charlotte and Louis, never failing to make viral news. 

This has been particularly true following the last few years of royal upheaval, seeing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle step away from the fold, and The Queen's tragic passing, with the Prince and Princess of Wales credited with keeping the royal family afloat.

It is Kate Middleton, now Princess of Wales, who gets the world talking the most, named one of the most popular royals and a "pillar of strength" for her family. 

"Kate is a natural leader who has a magnificent ability to remain composed, even during the most challenging situations," one source told Us Weekly.

Another added: "Kate’s used to all eyes being on her. Being in a strong, solid marriage to William helps. They lean on each other for support during difficult times and will talk through their problems. She’s been her husband’s pillar of strength throughout this whole ordeal."

This week, Princess Kate got the world talking once more as a sweet anecdote resurfaced involving the royal - then the Duchess of Cambridge - being mistaken for her husband's assistant. And her reaction unsurprisingly went viral.

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During a royal outing to Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff two years ago, one resident, 87-year-old Joan Drew-Smith, asked Prince William, "Is that your assistant?" while pointing at Kate.

Instead of taking offence, the Duchess of Cambridge laughed, telling her husband, "Well I am your assistant."

According to HOLA!, Kate added: "I have been for a long time!"

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"The Cambridges’ favourite Bingo partners!," the then Duke and Duchess captioned an Instagram post from the care home. "Having entertained the Welsh care home as bingo hosts in May, The Duke and Duchess re-visited Shire Hall in person!

"It was great to see first-hand the amazing work done by staff and families to keep Shire Hall safe throughout lockdown."

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