Kate Middleton dazzles alongside Prince William as Waleses seen for the first time since Prince Harry attacks

Kate and William were both beaming as they waved to the crowd
Kate and William were both beaming as they waved to the crowd

The Prince and Princess of Wales will focus on thanking healthcare staff for their challenging work during the winter months on their first public engagement of 2023

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Kate Middleton stunned alongside Prince William as the couple were seen for the first time since the release of Prince Harry's bombshell autobiography Spare.

During a visit to Merseyside today, Will and Kate will also shine a spotlight on mental health provision for young adults, continuing their longstanding work on the issue.

Their Royal Highnesses are passionate about creating a long-term impact for young people's mental health support through their work with The Royal Foundation - the organisation which looks after Will and Kate's charity work.

Kate and Prince William were both criticised in Prince Harry's autobiography
Kate and Prince William were both criticised in Prince Harry's autobiography

Today is the first time Their Royal Highnesses will be seen in public since Prince Harry released his bombshell memoir, which revealed private text messages between his wife, Meghan, and Kate, which allegedly made Meghan cry.

Prince Harry also alleged his brother, William, physically attacked him during a heated argument in 2019.

Kensington Palace has not commented on any claims in the Duke of Sussex's book, instead choosing to focus on important work which makes a positive difference to communities across the country.

Royal broadcaster and historian, Rafe Heydel-Mankoo, told GB News: "The Prince and Princess of Wales have conducted themselves precisely as royals should. They've risen above Harry's tabloid melodrama and are continuing stoically to go about their duties."

The Prince and Princess of Wales will officially open the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital, which is the biggest in the country to provide inpatients with 100% single en-suite bedrooms.

Their Royal Highnesses will visit a ward to see the hospital’s new facilities, and will meet with staff who have been working at the hospital during the busy winter period.

This is the Prince and Princess of Wales's first engagement of 2023
This is the Prince and Princess of Wales's first engagement of 2023

Prince William is also expected to be reunited with some of the critical care team he met on a video call in 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new state-of-the-art facilities are expected to improve "patient experience, safety and enhanced recovery".

The visit comes as the number of people in England waiting to start routine hospital treatments has fallen slightly from a record 7.21 million to 7.19 million.