Kate Middleton brings best friend who supported her during split from William to church


Kate Middleton, 36, and Prince William, 36, attended a church service in Sandringham on Sunday morning, marking their first public outing since the start of 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had joined their relatives at the church just days before for the Christmas Day service with Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle, 37, and Prince Harry, 34. But on Sunday Kate and William returned to the Queen’s Estate accompanied by their close friends. As the couple strolled ahead, following behind them was Lady Laura Meade with her husband James and Emilia Jardine-Paterson with her husband David.

Laura Meade is the godmother of Kate and William’s youngest child Prince Louis, who was born in April 2018, while her husband James co-delivered the best man’s speech at the Duke’s wedding to Catherine in 2011.

The couple married two years after Kate and William, with Will returning the favour on their big day in 2013.

James is also the godfather to their daughter Princess Charlotte, three.

Meanwhile, Emilia Jardine-Paterson is an old friend of Kate’s, who the mother-of-three once hired as her stylist.

Emilia is also a godmother to the royal couple’s eldest child Prince George, five.

Catherine and Emilia have been best friends since they were 13 years old, with Emilia introducing her pal to Prince William during their time at university.

Emilia is said to have jetted off to Ibiza with Kate during her brief split from Prince William in 2007.

Kate’s life-long pal also helped the Duchess decorate their home at Kensington Palace, as well as their residences at Anmer Hall.

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Her husband David also attended Eton with Prince William.

The Duchess’ birthday is fast approaching, so it’s likely the old friends were reunited to celebrate a few days early.

Prince William will be busy with a royal engagement on his wife’s birthday, meaning the family will probably celebrate with a low-key event in the evening.

Last week the palace confirmed Prince William will visit the London’s Air Ambulance Charity on Wednesday.

The meeting will see the Duke recognise the work carried out by the first responders at the charity.

A tweet from Kensington Palace read: “The Duke of Cambridge will visit @LDNairamb on Wednesday 9th January to recognise the work that their first responders carry out delivering life-saving treatment across London.”

The visit is thought to be the 36-year-old’s first engagement of 2019, and it is not believed that he will be joined by his wife for the event.

The charity is close to Prince William’s heart, with him having worked as an air ambulance pilot for the East Anglia Air Ambulance (EAAA) in the past.

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