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Kate receives major award – Queen and Meghan Markle left in Duchess’ wake

KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, has been crowned the “coolest and most inspiring” famous woman in a recent survey – while the Queen and Meghan Markle tailed behind.

A poll found the majority of British women believe Kate is more inspiring than former US First Lady Michelle Obama, eco-activist Greta Thunberg and her sister-in-law Meghan. When asked who the coolest and most inspiring woman in the world was, 23 percent of 2,000 British women polled answered Kate.

The survey, carried out by polling firm Perspectus Global in May, saw Mrs Obama come in second with 21 percent.

The Queen received the third-best result with 20 percent.

Among the other leading personalities mentioned by the respondents were singers Billie Eilish, Adele and Katy Perry.

While 18-year-old Ms Eilish performed similarly to the British monarch, the other two singers obtained respectively 19 and 12 percent of the votes.

The Duchess of Sussex was included in the top-25 chart, coming in 15th position with nine percent of the votes.

Among the other famous women included were New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, who obtained 13 percent of the votes, and actress and activist Emma Watson, who obtained 12 percent of the votes.

There was also a place in the chart for former England footballer-turned-Strictly star Alex Scott, as well as former teammate Lucy Bronze.

Meghan was followed by Hollywood legend Meryl Streep, model and cook Chrissy Teigen and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

Asked what makes a person “cool” and a role mode, 57 percent of the respondents said a strong sense of their own identity.

More than four in 10, 43 percent of the respondents, considered caring for others was vital.

Some 32 percent of the voters said inspiring and cool women should be able to empower other women.

And 34 percent felt being humble was the coolest trait.

Commenting on the results, Perspectus Global spokeswoman and head of projects Evie Porter said: “During these strange and uncertain times, it’s fantastic to see strong, powerful women coming to the fore.

“From her Hold Still photography project to a video call with a new mum and virtual bingo session with care home residents, Kate has shown just how cool and inspiring she is.”

Since the beginning of the lockdown, Kate and Prince William have been prominent presences in the life of Britons.

On top of sharing pictures to mark the birthday of two of their children, Charlotte and Louis, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge backed projects aiming at improving the mental well-being of frontline workers as well as the rest of the population during the coronavirus crisis.

The couple took part in several engagements over the past few months, including a virtual visit to a care home.

Kate also launched Hold Still, a project in collaboration with one of her patronages, the National Portrait Gallery, asking people to submit pictures representing their mood during the pandemic.

During two interviews, the Duchess opened up on the struggles she encountered while homeschooling her children and thanked nurses in a series of phone calls marking International Nurses’ Day.

The Queen continues to play a vital role during the crisis, as she keeps on carrying out her duties as head of state by holding phone meetings with the Prime Minister and receiving the Government red box.

She has also delivered two poignant speeches to the country since the beginning of the pandemic.

Meghan, who relocated with Harry and Archie to Los Angeles in late March, continues to keep in touch with her patronages across the pond while working on Archewell, the Sussexes new non-for-profit organisation.