According to sources, Prince William and his stepmother Camilla did not have the easiest of starts after she married Prince Charles but now sees she makes his father happy. The Queen’s extraordinary statement on the eve of her Platinum Jubilee proves the Duchess of Cornwall has her full blessing to one day become Queen Consort.
And it seems another royal who now also approves of Camilla taking the title when Prince Charles is King is her stepson Prince William, who is second-in-line to the throne. According to reports, William is said to be “happy” with his grandmother’s wishes for Camilla to become Queen Consort when his dad takes the throne.
It is thought that William was not part of discussions about Camilla’s title but is “respectful” of the Queen’s decision. It’s believed that William’s relationship with his stepmum and indeed his dad Charles has not been the easiest over the years.
However, now relations between William and the couple are said to be the best they’ve ever been as the Royal Family looks to the future. So how did they turn their relationship around?
Charles and Camilla went public with their relationship in the early 2000s – several years after the death of Princess Diana – but William and brother Prince Harry were not pictured with her in public until 2001.
In her book Prince William: Born to be King, a palace source tells royal biographer Penny Junor: “I think the relationship between them all is warm now but if I’m honest, it wasn’t then. I think they found it hard.
“To be fair to Camilla, she never tried to be mummy but she was the ‘other woman’ and she was there and taking daddy’s time.” Meanwhile, a source told the Daily Mail : “There were huge family rows in the early stages of Charles and Camilla’s marriage as everyone found their feet. William didn’t have the best relationship with his father back then.”
Also in his book Battle of Brothers, royal author Robert Lacey claims that Camilla was taken back by William’s temper, reports the Express. He wrote: “Harry has freely confessed to his own blazing temper from time to time – and as for his elder brother he has proved no sweet William when roused.
“In the years after her 2005 marriage to Prince Charles, Camilla has recounted to her own family and close friends her surprise at discovering this unexpected side to Prince Charming – ‘the boy’s got a temper!'”
He added: “Charles’s wife had been horrified at the ranting and raving that on occasion William had unleashed against her husband in her presence.” Fast-forward to today, William and Charles are said to have a much closer relationship “built on love, affection and respect”.
This has apparently been forged in part by William’s wife the Duchess of Cambridge, who helped smooth over father and son relations and invited Charles to spend more time with his grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. These days William and Charles both share a passion for tackling climate change and recently William paid tribute to this father for his work in this area.
And even though William is not reported to be “particularly close” to Camilla they enjoy a good supportive relationship and he realises that she makes his dad happy. A source told the Daily Mail: “He is not particularly close to his stepmother but they get on perfectly well and are quite the blended family now.
“He also respects his grandmother and her judgement more than anything in the world. If it is right for her, then it will be right for him.”