Prince William has ‘stepped forward’ to fill Queen’s void left by Prince Philip

Paddy McGuinness details 'stressful' Friday morning

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The Duke of Cambridge, 39, accompanied his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, 95, on a trip to Scotland in June. Their visit north of the border was the Queen’s first since the death of Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 in April. Philip died at Windsor Castle and was the longest-serving consort of any monarch in Britain’s history. According to royal historian and biographer Hugo Vickers, the hole left by the Duke’s passing is being filled by other members of the Royal Family, including William.

He told Express.co.uk: “She hasn’t had Prince Philip helping her for some years so now that he’s gone you will see other members of the Royal Family stepping forward to be with her.

“Like Prince William was with her in Scotland and things like that, and that’s exactly as it should be.”

During William and his grandmother’s four-day trip, the pair visited Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling.

They also stopped off at AG Barr’s factory, where the soft drink manufacture’s famous Irn-Bru beverage is made.

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The Queen stayed at her official residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh during Holyrood Week.

The annual tradition is centred around “Scottish culture, achievement and community.”

Mr Vickers said William’s participation in such royal activities contrasts to that of his brother Prince Harry, 36, and his wife Meghan Markle, 40.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex dramatically left the Royal Family last year and have since gone on to carve out their own careers in the US, where they live.

Meghan and Harry have set up the non-profit organisation Archewell and have also pursued several media ventures.

Mr Vickers said: “A life of service as opposed to a self-service – that’s the difference, they are doing things for themselves, setting up their own foundations and they are in the centre of it.

“All the other members of the Royal Family seem to me to be doing things for us, which is more effective.

“I think the most successful members of the Royal Family are those who support the Queen without competing with her and there are a number of them who do that very, very well.

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“When they start competing with her and setting up rival courts and things – a bit like [Princess] Diana to some extent and certainly Harry and Meghan – it doesn’t really work very well. It’s not very constructive.”

The royal historian also noted that it was now up to younger royals like William to assume more of the monarch’s responsibilities, given her age.

He said: “The Queen can’t do all the things that people want her to do, because people don’t want people like mayors or lord lieutenants to open supermarkets.

“What they really want these days is either royalty or stars, celebrities, and best of all royalty because celebrities tend to come and go.

“So, the Queen hasn’t got time to do all the things that she’s asked to so her family take on all these other responsibilities on her behalf and they support her.”

Hugo Vickers has profiled a string of twentieth-century figures, including the Queen Mother and the actress Vivien Leigh.
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