The Duchess of Cambridge misses her man beside her side

Poised Kate Middleton has appeared confident and relaxed since Prince William, 29, jetted off to the Falkland Islands last month.

But sources say the Duchess of Cambridge is filled with nerves about slipping up and not being the perfect princess.

A year ago she was just William‘s fiancée, so whatever she did without him didn’t have the same level of scrutiny,’ says a source.

Now, everything she does is looked at.

Because William‘s not on hand to deflect attention, she’s feeling the pressure.

‘The Royal tea party event at Fortnum & Mason in London with the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall was massively stressful but Kate will never show it.’

Our source reveals the feeling among Buckingham Palace courtiers is that Kate, 30,needs to be pushed into more engagements because it’s almost a year since she became Duchess of Cambridge.

This is taking its toll on her,’ says the source.

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