Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton leaves Islington Town Hall after visiting Chance UK's Early Intervention Programme on Oct. 27, 2015, in London, England. Getty Images/Chris Jackson

Kate Middleton, who has rarely spoken in public, will be giving more speeches by polishing her oratory skills, according to a British tabloid. The Duchess of Cambridge, who, according to the Daily Express, has been criticized for her “style over substance” will now “lead conversations” about issues she considers important.

"The Duchess hasn’t given that many speeches and when she has, she has felt the pressure as a newer member of the Royal Family in the spotlight. That has sometimes unfairly led to suggestions that she doesn’t have much to say. In fact the opposite is true,” a source told the tabloid.

The insider added that Middleton is “highly intelligent” and does her research. “She is very engaged with all the issues concerning young people and is at the heart of a great many conversations behind palace gates,” the source told the Express.

"When it comes to her charities, the Duchess has always read up but now she feels it is time to speak up too. We have already seen her leading the conversation about children’s mental health and she has taken great confidence from that. This is all coming from the Duchess. She is going to be making more speeches and we will be hearing her voice coming through on a lot more royal engagements from now on,” the insider added.

A close friend of Middleton told the tabloid that the 33-year-old duchess is a “confident, self-assured woman.”

“She [Middleton] is impeccably well-mannered and genuinely interested in what others have to say. People say she is ‘nice’ as if that is a bad thing. She is kind. She is caring, but she isn’t a doormat. She knows her own mind and can give as good as she gets,” the friend told the Express.