Prince William ‘unloaded’ his concerns about being King onto Queen

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The Prince of Wales will get a taste of his future role next year when his father King Charles III is coronated as King. Prince William is now next in line to the throne following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in September. Since her death, William also inherited the Duchy of Lancaster and despite his place in the Firm, a royal expert has shed light on the reservations he had about one-day becoming monarch.

Since birth, William was destined to become king. It is the same for his eldest child, Prince George, who will one day be crowned. 

A serious weight to carry your whole life, as a young Prince, William, according to Katie Nicholl, once turned to his grandmother for advice.

Ms Nicholl said that William would discuss his fears with the Queen over afternoon tea, telling OK! last year: “The Queen [played] a very special dual role in William’s life. She [was] his sovereign, but also a very loving grandmother who [wanted] to prepare him for the future.

“He would have one-on-one time with his grandmother to talk about whatever was on his mind. She was there for him to unload on – but those sessions were also an opportunity for her to mentor and teach him, as her grandfather, George V, did with her.

“They became incredibly close and as his respect for her grew he began to embrace his destiny.”

Another moment, in 2016, showed that William was not always brimming with enthusiasm at the prospect of becoming King when he was asked by the BBC how he felt about his future: “I certainly don’t lie awake at night waiting or hoping for it,” he said, “because it sadly means my family has moved on, and I don’t want that.

He wasn’t alone. William’s brother, Prince Harry, has also expressed frustrations with the royal framework, especially since leaving the Firm for the US with Meghan Markle in 2020.

In 2017, the Duke of Sussex was similarly asked whether his family members get excited about the prospect of taking the throne. He replied: “Is there anyone of the Royal Family who wants to be King or queen? I don’t think so.”

A royal expert now believes, however, that William has grown to embrace his destiny. Jennie Bond claimed in January that the Prince of Wales has overcome his hesitancy, which she believed many of the British public had become aware of.

She told OK!: “I think we did see a reluctance to take on the role earlier on, in his early adolescence, he knew his destiny as none of the rest of us do from such an early age.

“But in the last couple of years, he has shown convincingly that he is the man for the role and that he cares about being king.

“He absolutely fully accepts the role and the responsibility destiny has put his way.”

King Charles’ coronation ceremony will also show William’s son, Prince George, what awaits him in the future. William hasn’t shared the story of how he told George he will be King one day, but royal author Robert Lacey once claimed that the Prince of Wales told his son when he was seven years old.

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He said: “William has not revealed to the world how and when he broke the big news to his son.

“But sometime around the boy’s seventh birthday in the summer of 2020, it is thought that his parents went into more detail about what the little prince’s life of future royal ‘service and duty’ would particularly involve.”

Ms Nicholl also told a story in her book titled ‘The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown’, when she claimed George told his schoolfriends: “My dad will be King so you better watch out”.

She added: “George understands he will one day be King and as a little boy sparred with friends at school, outdoing his peers with the killer line.”

It seems William and Kate are already preparing George and his sister, Princess Charlotte, for the many years of royal service.

The youngsters were among those to walk behind the Queen’s coffin during the funeral, even greeting members of the general public during the period of mourning.

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