Kate and William are facing more pressure "than ever before," says expert

But they're up to the task

The Prince And Princess Of Wales Commemorate The Life Of Queen Elizabeth II
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Following Queen Elizabeth's sad passing last year at the age of 96, Prince William and Princess Kate have had to step up as the next couple in line to the throne, and as Prince and Princess of Wales.

By all accounts, the two are exceedingly well prepared for their difficult roles, but that doesn't mean they're not feeling a certain amount of pressure to do right by the British public and by the Royal Family institution in general.

"There’s clearly a lot of pressure on William and Catherine, now more than ever before," royal expert Jennie Bond told OK!. "And with the number of working royals decreasing, it is only going to mount."

Of course, the Queen is no longer here to take on some of the responsibilities of royal life, but she's not the only one. The disgraced Prince Andrew has been removed from public life since 2019 after his ties to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein came to light.

Additionally, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down as working royals to become public individuals in Southern California in early 2020. Meanwhile, King Charles is famously putting in place a "slimmed-down monarchy," which may mean even fewer working royals in the future.

Commenting on William and Kate, Jennie added: "Thousands of requests are made every year for a member of the Royal Family to attend events — and these two are always top of that list. They’re in constant demand. But it’s not surprising as they have huge star quality."

The Wales family were on summer holiday until recently, but are now firmly back to work. William and Kate attended a memorial service for the late Queen in Wales on Friday, then both headed off to France to separately watch two Rugby World Cup matches.

On Tuesday, the princess visited a prison in her role as patron of The Forward Trust, which works to support people in the criminal justice system.

Iris Goldsztajn
Iris Goldsztajn is a celebrity and royal news writer for Marie Claire. As a London-based freelance journalist, she writes about wellness, relationships, pop culture, beauty and more for the likes of InStyle, Women's Health, Bustle, Stylist and Red. Aside from her quasi-personal investment in celebs' comings and goings, Iris is especially interested in debunking diet culture and destigmatising mental health struggles. Previously, she was the associate editor for Her Campus, where she oversaw the style and beauty news sections, as well as producing gift guides, personal essays and celebrity interviews. There, she worked remotely from Los Angeles, after returning from a three-month stint as an editorial intern for Cosmopolitan.com in New York. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at goop and C California Style and served as Her Campus' national style and LGBTQ+ editor. Iris was born and raised in France by a French father and an English mother. Her Spotify Wrapped is riddled with country music and One Direction, and she can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.