Prince William ‘didn’t want to take on extra responsibilities’ amid Kate Middleton’s recovery and is going through a ‘scary time’ following King Charles’ cancer diagnosis, royal expert claims
Prince William ‘didn’t want to take on extra responsibilities’ while Kate Middleton recovers from surgery and goes through a ‘frightening time’ following King Charles’ cancer diagnosis, a royal expert has claimed.
The Prince of Wales, 41, will return to public duties today when he holds an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle before attending a fundraising gala for the London Air Ambulance this evening.
The father-of-three postponed his public engagements last month when it was announced that the Princess of Wales, 41, had undergone planned abdominal surgery.
Talk to Well!royal expert Jennie Bond said King Charles’ shock cancer diagnosis came at a difficult time for the Wales family.
She explained: ‘It’s not a time when he wanted to take on extra responsibilities, and it’s not a time when he really wanted to think about the fact that he’s going to be a monarch one day in the very foreseeable future.
In the photo: The Prince and Princess of Wales with their three children on Christmas Day 2023
‘This is a time in his life where we know when he just wants to be a hands on dad and a very supportive man. He will feel somewhat besieged with his wife being ill and now that his father has cancer – it’s a scary time for him.’
In addition, the expert highlighted how there had been a ‘smooth transition’ from Queen Elizabeth to King Charles’ reign – and this new one was ‘disturbing’ for the public.
Tonight, Prince William is expected to thank well-wishers and talk about what the royal family has been through in recent days since the monarch’s diagnosis.
The investiture ceremony at Windsor will be William’s first appearance since Kate Middleton was hospitalized for abdominal surgery.
The prince was last seen outside The London Clinic after visiting his wife on January 18 – and she will be out of the public eye until at least Easter.
At today’s inauguration, William will hand out more than 50 honours, including one to former England women’s footballer Ellen White, 34.
In the evening he will attend the London Air Ambulance annual fundraising gala in central London. He has been the charity’s patron since 2020.
The dinner is being held in support of the charity’s biggest ever fundraiser, which hopes to produce £15m to replace its helicopter fleet.
William is understood to have his father’s ‘100 per cent’ support to return at his own pace. Pictured: William and Charles on the Sandringham estate during the Christmas period in 2019
Prince William has no further duties scheduled for this week after today and will be back with Kate and the children next week during their half term break.
Princess Anne will also be back in action today after holding four engagements yesterday, with three scheduled today in Berkshire, London and Oxfordshire.
A source said: ‘The Prince has always made it clear that his priority is to support his wife and family for now – and he hasn’t put a timescale on that.
“He will return to duty on Wednesday, but you shouldn’t expect to see him again for a while after that.”
His team at Kensington Palace are understood to be talking to their opposite numbers at Buckingham Palace about what public events William might attend in his father’s place.
William is understood to have his father’s ‘100 per cent’ support to return at his own pace.
A source said: ‘The King adores Catherine and thinks she is doing a wonderful job. He understands family comes first.’
Prince William pictured during a previous investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on January 24, 2023
Prince Harry is pictured arriving at Clarence House in London yesterday to meet his father – before King Charles flew to Sandringham in Norfolk
The king has spent an increasing amount of time at Windsor Castle since his accession, often staying in on Sunday evenings, giving him more time with his son and young grandchildren, to whom he is growing increasingly close.
William, who now lives in Adelaide Cottage on the Windsor estate, a short walk from the castle, also regularly uses rooms in the historic royal residence for meetings.
Prince Harry’s father called him personally to tell him the devastating news about his cancer and the Duke of Sussex jumped on a plane so he could be in the UK.
Although Harry and the Prince of Wales have no plans to meet during the Duke’s stay, mutual friend Mark Dyer – who was a mentor to the Prince after Diana’s death – is understood to be, according to a source, as a bridge between the brothers and sisters can act. .
The Princess of Wales was unexpectedly admitted to hospital last month for what was only described as ‘abdominal surgery’.
She spent two weeks in The London Clinic, where the King also underwent his prostate surgery, and is unlikely to resume royal duties until after Easter.