Prince William ‘feeling protective of wife’ says expert
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Kate and Prince William’s bond and family life has helped the Duke of Cambridge break away from his parent’s disastrous union, according to royal author Angela Levin. The royal biographer believes both Harry and William have sought their happiness and tried to break the “cycle of pain” mentioned by the Duke of Sussex during a recent podcast appearance.
But, unlike Prince Harry, Prince William did so without “hanging on tightly to his family’s mistakes”.
She wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “William and Kate’s marriage, in April 2011, drew a firm line under everything that his parents’ union had represented without rejecting either of them.
“Instead, he draws his mother’s influence into his life in a positive way through his obvious joy in having children and his deep involvement in George, Charlotte and Louis’s lives.”
The birth of Prince George provided a vivid example of how the future Prince of Wales was breaking away from royal tradition, Ms Levin said.
She continued: “George was born in July 2013 and on the steps of the Lindo Wing, Kate revealed that William had already changed his first nappy.
“It is inconceivable that any previous heir to the throne would even have contemplated such a thing and it was William’s first step to being a hands-on father.
“He takes his turn to do the school run, spends weekends in Norfolk and obviously loves the rough and tumble with his children, who you can see adore him.
“It is beyond doubt that as his genetic destiny looms larger, his little family will remain top priority.”
Kate and Prince William met at St Andrews University in 2001.
The pair remained friends for two years before they officially started dating.
The couple broke up for a few months in 2007, a separation the Duke later described as “just a bit of space”.
In November 2010, they announced their engagement, which ended in April 2011 when they tied the knot at Westminster Abbey.
Kate and William’s dating years have been described by royal author Robert Lacey as an “audition” for the Duchess.
Appearing in the ITV’s documentary the Day Will and Kate Got Married, he said: “It’s been said that William was auditioning Catherine for her future role.
“And I think there’s a truth to that.
“William is the future King of Britain and the Commonwealth and, like it or not, part of his job was to choose a consort who would do the job well.”
The analysis of Ms Levin, who interviewed Prince Harry in 2017 for her book Harry: Conversations with a Prince, comes after the Duke of Sussex appeared on the latest episode of the Armchair Expert podcast.
The Duke of Sussex spoke to host Dax Shepard about parenting, explaining he does not want to pass on pain from his own experience to his son Archie and future daughter.
He said: “I don’t think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly when it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on, basically.
“It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway so we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say, ‘You know what, that happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.'”
He added: “It’s hard to do but for me, it comes down to awareness.
“I never saw it, I never knew about it, and then suddenly I started to piece it together and go ‘okay, so this is where he went to school, this is what happened, I know this about his life, I also know that is connected to his parents so that means he’s treated me the way he was treated, so how can I change that for my own kids?'”
Speaking about his decision to relocate to North America in 2020, Prince Harry said it was not part of his plan but “sometimes you’ve got to make decisions and put your family first and put your mental health first”.
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