Prince Charles and Prince William’s playful exchange at a recent royal visit has been linked back to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s influence. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, joined the two men meeting injured military personnel on a visit to the new Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) in Loughborough. Royal Editor Camilla Tominey joined ITV’s This Morning to discuss the Royal Family’s move to become more “relatable” and “touchable” instead of “cut off and cold”.
Many royal fans were delighted at a bonding moment when the Prince of Wales helped his eldest son shoot a basketball from a wheelchair, rubbing his shoulders in encouragement.
This comes in the wave of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s shocking decision to step back as senior members of the Royal Family.
Host Phillip Schofield pointed to this: “You don’t see them very often as touchy-feely as they were then. Have we ever seen that before?”
Ms Tominey said: “No, and it is interesting isn’t it, because we are used to PDAs with Harry and Meghan.”
She continued: “Have they learnt something from this?
“This idea of relatable, touchable monarchy that is more like us than ‘them’ and less cut off and cold.
“We saw this a bit with the Mary Berry Christmas special with William and Kate making soufflés and looking very much at home
“I think they’re trying to project themselves as this family unit.”
The royal commentator added: “Although the Cambridges’ children aren’t really old enough to play a full-time role because they’re at school and very young.
“I think the Cambridges want to project themselves and their branding as the future so people can have faith in this institution, which, let’s face it, has been rocked.
“Stuff like the Duke of York, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
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Ms Tominey told This Morning: “Everyone, I think, is universally supportive of the Queen in all this.
“At 93, how many annus horribilises does this woman need to have?
“At the same time, people are now asking questions about the institution.
“Is it still relevant? Can it survive this?
“That’s why we see these images.”
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