Sunday 18 November 2018

Kate Middleton eases her way back into work with casual ensemble - and a blazer worth nearly €800

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a visit to Coach Core Essex in Basildon
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a visit to Coach Core Essex in Basildon
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Wiliam arrive to visit Coach Core Essex, in Basildon, Britain October 30, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Wiliam arrive to visit Coach Core Essex, in Basildon, Britain October 30, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives to visit Coach Core Essex, in Basildon, Britain October 30, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Kate Middleton is bringing her signature high-low style to her wardrobe choices on her return from maternity leave.

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge joined husband Prince William for a session with with Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme at Basildon Sporting Village in Basildon today, wearing a button blazer by Smythe, which retails for €766, paired with a black polo neck and black skinny jeans for an afternoon of activities with the group.

Kate has been slowly dipping her toe back into her royal duties after taking six months off to focus on her growing family since welcoming her third child Prince Louis in April. In front of the camera, it's business as usual, but behind the scenes at Kensington Palace, the 'Fab Four' (Kate, William, Meghan and Harry) are reportedly gearing up for a major change in splitting their houses.

The royal brothers currently occupy a joint household at the London palace with their wives, as well as Prince George (five), Princess Charlotte (three) and Louis, but with Harry and Meghan expecting a baby of their own in Spring next year, it has been reported that plans are being put in place for a formal division of the royal household, and the creation of separate courts to reflect the couples’ increasingly different responsibilities.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

"The brothers have leaned on each other and looked after each other since their mother died. But now they have their own families, they no longer rely on each other as before," a source told the Sunday Times.

"They have become different people with different outlooks on life. Splitting the household is the obvious thing to do."

Read more: Kate Middleton dazzles in Princess Diana's tiara at Buckingham Palace dinner

While William is preparing to one day ascend the throne, Harry can be take a more informal approach to his royal work and adopt more of a "blank canvas" approach to curating their own duties, and that of their future children, over the coming years.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays tennis as she joins a session with a group during a visit the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme at Basildon Sporting Village in Basildon, southeast England, on October 30, 2018
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays tennis as she joins a session with a group during a visit the Coach Core Essex apprenticeship scheme at Basildon Sporting Village in Basildon, southeast England, on October 30, 2018

"There is a gulf in the style and approach to the type of work that William and Kate will increasingly do as future head of state and consort, and Harry and Meghan, who have more of a blank canvas with their roles," the insider added.

"When William becomes the Prince of Wales, he will take on a lot of extra responsibility, including the Duchy of Cornwall and all that entails. Harry and Meghan have none of that, and seem ambitious about forging their own paths."

As it stands now, Queen Elizabeth's business is organised by Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles through Clarence House and his sons through an increasingly overextended Kensington Palace.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at Basildon Sporting Village on October 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

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