Kate Middleton Trooping the Colour appearance took a ‘toll’: her first royal engagement…

Kate Middleton


Kate Middleton’s Trooping the Colour appearance over the weekend — her first royal engagement since late last year — is believed to have taken a “toll” on the royal, who is underg…


Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton’s attendance at Trooping the Colour this past weekend likely took a “toll” on the royal, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment and had not made a public appearance since late last year.

The Princess of Wales, 42, who attended the annual event alongside Prince William and their young family, probably won’t return to the public eye “for a little while,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight.

“The princess has this sort of swan-like quality about her — she’s sort of gliding on the surface — but beneath the water, I think often she’s paddling quite frantically,” said Nicholl.

Though “you would never have guessed” that Kate was undergoing chemotherapy, going by her “impeccable” looks alone, Nicholl surmised that Saturday’s appearance, which commemorated King Charles’ official birthday rather than his regular one, followed “a huge amount of preparation and time and effort and energy.”

“There was a moment where she was watching the parade… and was offered a seat, which she gratefully accepted,” she continued. “That’s just a bit of an acknowledgement that she is not as strong, not as fit, as she was before she went into this treatment.”

Nicholl added that “a day like Saturday, where she knows the eyes of the world are on her, there is a huge amount of scrutiny that will take its toll,” which was probably followed by “a long and well deserved rest.

“I don’t think we can expect to see her in public for a little while,” said Nicholl.

Nicholl said it was the princess’ appearance Saturday was her “decision alone” after “she turned a corner in her treatment,” but will likely require some recovery time.