KATE MIDDLETON and Prince William are more central to the “future of the monarchy” than the future King Charles, a royal commentator says.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge still have years ahead before being crowned King and Queen Consort. But historian Sarah Gristwood believes there “must be a feeling” that the future of the institution is more about this couple than Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles. Ms Gristwood said the younger generation of the Firm were far more important in the long-term than William’s elderly father.
She told People magazine: “Because of the ages of all the participants, there must be a feeling that long-term, the future of the British monarchy is more about William and Kate — spiritually, not in terms of actual succession”.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge aren’t just younger than the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, they are also believed to be more popular.Prince William and Kate are the most popular members of the Royal Family in Britain after the Queen, according to the latest data collected by YouGov for its rolling popularity ranking.
Prince Charles, on the other hand, ranks seventh and his wife Camilla is 11th in the top 15 charts. In recent months, Kate and Prince William have teamed up on a few key engagements with the future King and Queen Consort.The four senior royals first carried out a joint engagement in February 2020, when they visited together the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall in Loughborough.They joined forces again in October last year, when they dazzled on the red carpet of the world premiere of the latest James Bond film – No Time To Die.
Given their shared interest in the environment and fighting climate change, father and son worked closely together during their stay in Glasgow for the COP26 summit. At the time, royal biographer Andrew Morton analysed the work of the Royal quartet, saying he was expecting to see a tight collaboration between the couples in the future.He told Express.co.uk: “The quartet of Charles, Camilla, William and Kate will be what you will see more of.”Because those people in the palace who take notice of these things will have seen that William and Catherine are very very popular and photogenic and articulate and fit the bill.
“Whereas Charles and Camilla have tried manfully to establish themselves but it is still the younger generation that people focus on. “So I think you are going to see Charles wanting to prop up his throne with the help of his son.”A few months later, in early February, the Duchess of Cambridge joined Charles and Camilla for a visit at a training site of The Prince’s Foundation.The quartet was united again earlier this month, when they attended, without the Queen, the Commonwealth Day service.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently undertaking a difficult tour to three Caribbean nations, during which they faced protests as well as cheering crowds of well-wishers. Kate and William have so far visited Belize and are currently spending their last few hours in Jamaica.
During a black-tie reception in Kingston, the Duke echoed a speech delivered by Prince Charles in Barbados last November, focused on the horrors of the slave trade.A few months after Charles denounced the “appalling atrocity of slavery, which forever stains our history”, William said: “I want to express my profound sorrow.”Slavery was abhorrent. And it should never have happened.”
During the Cambridges’ meeting with Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, the royals also heard about the country’s intention to “fulfil our true ambitions and destiny to become an independent, developed and prosperous country”, an indication the Government may be preparing to become a republic and ditch the Queen as its head of state. Charles and Camilla are also undertaking a tour this week.The pair began their trip in Northern Ireland on Tuesday and held various meetings in Belfast on Wednesday.Today, they are due to travel to the Republic of Ireland, visited by the Cambridges in March 2020.