Prince William shows ‘awareness’ he’ll work closely with Government

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The new Prince of Wales is showing how “seriously” he takes the role of monarch he is destined to inherit from his father King Charles III also through the choice of aides he has made during the years, according to a royal author. Valentine Low, a royal correspondent who recently penned the book Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown, noted Prince William has chosen over the years to be supported by some aides who don’t have the background traditionally held by most of their colleagues. Rather, the Prince of Wales has picked people who worked with the Government before joining the Royal Household.

Asked what this different choice could tell of William’s work and plans for the future, Mr Low told “I think it shows that he is aware of the fact that eventually he will be working closely with the Government and he needs to have an understanding of how it all works and he needs to have a deep appreciation of his constitutional role when he becomes King, so I think it shows how seriously he takes the role.

“I know that, going back in history, Edward VII – Victoria’s oldest son – felt that he was given little preparation for his role as King, whereas William already gets to see Government papers, even when the Queen was alive. His preparation has begun.”

Another royal author, Robert Lacey, previously claimed William has already been introduced to some of the main duties expected to be fulfilled by a sovereign.

He told People magazine in 2017: “When William became a teenager, she would have him at Windsor Castle and would open the state boxes and guide him through the papers. It was William’s constitutional education.”

In his book focused on the key royal courtiers to inhabit the royal palaces over the past eight decades, Mr Low mentioned, among others who have worked with Prince William, Miguel Head and Simon Case.

The former was the Prince of Wales’s private secretary between 2012 and 2018 and was replaced by the latter when Mr Head stepped down.

Mr Head had been working with William for a few years already before being promoted as his closest aide, as he was one of the first members of the team created within Clarence House in the mid-2000s to support Prince William and Prince Harry as they were finishing their studies.

Mr Head, Mr Low wrote, had a very different background than most of the aides hired at the time, as he didn’t attend Eton or Oxford University but, rather, “got a scholarship to the local independent school, Bancroft’s, before studying Spanish and Portuguese at Nottingham University.” 

He joined Harry and William’s team in 2008, leaving his post as chief press officer at the Ministry of Defence where he had also been in charge of the media blackout put in place during the Duke of Sussex’s Afghanistan tour which lasted between late 2007 and early 2008.

Mr Case was also working in a Government office before joining William.

Six months after serving as Director General for Northern Ireland and Ireland, Mr Case entered the Royal Household, where he worked for two years.

In August 2020, he returned to Whitehall as he was chosen by then Prime Minister Boris Johnson as Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service. 

Mr Case, who has amassed more than 15 years of experience in the Civil Service, was appointed by King Charles III as a member of the Privy Council on September 13.

Another decision made by the new sovereign in the wake of the death of Queen Elizabeth II was to create his firstborn Prince of Wales.

William and his wife Kate, Princess of Wales, clearly signalled their intention to strengthen the bond with Wales in late September when, as soon as the period of royal mourning ended, they travelled to the nation for a visit to Anglesey and Swansea.

COURTIERS The Hidden Power Behind The Crown by Valentine Low was published on October 6 by Headline.

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