The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in a screen grab from the ITV documentary on the Queen to be shown next weekend in which both speak of the huge support they have received from the Monarch
In what is her biggest interview yet, Kate reveals that the Queen has been 'a gentle guidance' for her as she makes her way into royal life. She talks about the help she has given her in the five years since she married William and became a member of the Royal Family and tells the ITV programme that the Queen has been 'very generous in not being forceful at all and in any of her views, but I feel she's been there'.
The Duchess of Cambridge speaks to ITV for a special film about the Queen
It's a candid revelation of what goes on behind Palace doors and if any more proof were needed that the Queen is behind the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge all the way it comes from William who tells the same programme that ''growing up, having this figurehead, having this stability above me has been incredible. I have been able to explore, understand, slightly carve my own path. I greatly appreciate and value that protection.'
There's also a demonstration of just how much her great grandchildren mean to the Queen when Kate reveals her delight at the arrival of Princess Charlotte and talks about how the Head of State leaves little presents for the Cambridge children in their rooms when they go to stay with her.
And of course, Prince George gets the last word. His proud mum reveals that he calls Elizabeth II, whose throne he will one day inherit, 'gan-gan'. It's a charming insight into royal life and once more underlines the bond between the Queen and the Cambridge family. It's not been the most positive week for William and Kate in terms of publicity but this interview shows that the path they have picked has the full backing of the Queen and that, for them, is what matters the most.
The full programme, Our Queen at Ninety, will be shown on ITV1 on Easter Sunday, March 27th 2016, at 8pm.