Prince William secures new position as Duke 'steps up' to help Queen
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are preparing to make an appearance at COP26 in a few days amid news the Queen will no longer be attending. Her Majesty, 95, has reluctantly withdrawn from the climate change summit on medical advice. Instead, she will send a pre-recorded message.
William and Kate will be joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to ensure a royal presence is felt in Glasgow.
The Cambridges are currently away on a half-term holiday with their three children, but will return to British shores for the conference in Glasgow.
Royal expert Natalia Oliveri said on Today Extra that William is “really stepping up and taking charge” of certain royal duties.
She said: “Apparently he is taking charge of the Balmoral and Sandringham estates in the Queen’s absence.
“Those were jobs that his grandfather Prince Philip would have done before his passing, so really William is preparing to be King one day after his father.”
William has always wanted to be in control of his own destiny, and this is something that goes back some 20 years, according to a documentary.
‘Prince Charles and Prince William: Royal Rivals?’ looks into the relationship between the first and second-in-line to the throne, covering Charles’ role in parenthood and ever since.
The documentary’s narrator said William was “planning to exert his authority when he finished at St Andrew’s [University]”.
Cutting to a clip of the Duke, presumably in his final year at university when it was filmed, he explained his position.
He said: “I really do want to be in control of my own life, and if I don’t agree with what someone is saying or what someone is pushing on me, I won’t do it.
“If I’m wrong and they’re right and people tell me that then obviously I’ll change my mind. I’m always open to people saying I’m wrong, because most of the time I am.
“But, you know, I hate losing control. I think it’s very important to see what you want to do and go for it.”
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William, much like his mother Princess Diana was, can be stubborn in certain situations, according to royal expert Katie Nicholl.
Ms Nicholl said: “Diana was very stubborn, and William is as well. It’s very interesting that William will not be railroaded into anything.
“He will put his foot down, dig his heel in, and he will not budge or be budged by anyone.”
Both he and younger brother Prince Harry have followed in their mother’s footsteps by wanting to use their position to make a difference.
William has done a huge amount of work for homelessness charities, including spending a night sleeping rough on the streets of London to experience being homeless.
He also recently launched the Earthshot Prize Awards, as part of a wider campaign to encourage more to be done to fight climate change.
Harry, meanwhile, has continued the HIV awareness campaign that Diana had previously championed.
He has worked closely with the Terrence Higgins Trust to raise awareness about HIV and sexual health, and interviewed HIV+ rugby player Gareth Thomas on the trust’s behalf two years ago.
Ms Nicholl said: “There’s a lot of Diana in William and I’m sure Charles is probably the first person to see it.”
Stewart Pearce, Diana’s former voice coach, felt Harry’s personality resembles his mother.
He told US Weekly: “Harry, in terms of his impetuosity [is Diana]. Harry, in terms of his intuitive explosions of energy, [is the most like her].
“I suppose, slightly, William from the external point of view. But Harry from [his] wonderful ebullience [and] passionate [personality] embodies his mother.
“He’s the guy. He loves life. He has fun.”
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