Prince William and Kate snubbed King Charles and Queen Camilla

Charles and Camilla 'didn't see much' of William says Palmer

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Prince William and King Charles have put on a united front in recent years as both stepped up to help the late Queen manage the demands of royal duties. Daily Express’s royal correspondent Richard Palmer suggested the closer bond was a result of the rift between the Royal Family and Prince Harry since before he and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down. But he noted only up until a few years ago, William and Kate, the Princess of Wales did not spend much time with the now King and Queen Consort.

Speaking to Royal Round Up host Pandora Forsyth, Mr Palmer said: “One of the things we’ve seen over the last couple of years is their relations was distant at times.

“There were a few years when the then-Prince Charles and Camilla didn’t really see that much of William and Kate, and their kids.

“But the rift with Harry has brought William closer to his father.”

Prince William’s relationship with his father and now-wife was deeply affected by the breakdown of Charles’s marriage with the Prince of Wales’s mother, Princess Diana in the 1990s.

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While Prince William remarked publicly about how happy the King was because of his wife, royal experts have noted Kate’s influence played a pivotal role in bridging the divide between the first-in-line to the throne and Charles.

Author Angela Levin told Palace Confidential last month: “Prince William was very wary of Camilla.

“He adored his mother and didn’t want someone stepping in her shoes.

“I think he was helped there a lot by his wife, Catherine, because she comes from a very stable family and a very loving family. If there was any arguments, they worked hard to get over it.”

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Ms Levin, who penned the book Camilla: From Outcast to Queen Consort, said the royal succeeded in winning over Prince William by ensuring she did not step into the role that would have traditionally fallen to Diana.

She added: “She’s made her mark with him too. This is because she’s made their father very happy and more relaxed.”

“He’s got much more in common now with Charles and she makes everybody laugh.

“When the grandchildren started coming, she didn’t try to take over or suggest things.

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“She’s got her own, she’s got her own children but the little ones have taken to her.”

She added: “She doesn’t interfere and they’ve got on very well now.”

“She’s got her own, she’s got her own children but the little ones have taken to her.”

Ms Levin added: “She doesn’t interfere and they’ve got on very well now.”

Buckingham Palace issued a joint picture of the King and Queen Consort alongside the Prince and Princess of Wales shortly after His Majesty’s accession in September.

The two couples can be seen standing side by side in what royal experts called a clear message of unity after years of struggles for the Royal Family.

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