Inside Kate’s new royal life

She’s been a royal for just six weeks, but the newly minted Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has quickly proven “she’s a natural,” a palace insider tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.Gliding her way through an intense regimen of public engagements since her wedding to Prince William, adds the insider, Kate, 29, is “completely taking it in her stride.”Still, Kate’s recent high-profile appearances might have proved overwhelming were it not for a few key counselors: her stepmother-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who has offered guidance on life as a royal wife; Helen Asprey, a longtime member of William and Prince Harry’s personal staff who now accompanies Kate to most engagements; and Prince William, 28, who makes sure to keep careful watch over his new wife.”It’s very much the ‘home team’ advising,” says a palace source. – CNN