Prince William put foot down to protect his children says expert
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will head to the Caribbean next month in the Royal Family’s first overseas charm offensive to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. They will visit the Bahamas, Jamaica and Belize during a reported 12-day tour. The trip comes at a crucial time as several Commonwealth nations debate following Barbados’ lead and severing ties with the British monarchy. Though the tour will have a largely environmental theme, with a visit to a coral farm that was one of William’s Earthshot prize winners on the agenda, a series of colourful engagements will also be planned to shore up support.
William will be King one day and, despite speculation that Charles could pass power straight to his eldest son upon the Queen’s death, he is unlikely to do so.
While in recent years Charles and William have bonded over their joint passion for the environment and protecting the planet, their relationship has endured rough patches several times in years gone by.
Robert Lacey, author of the 2020 book Battle of Brothers, claimed William shocked Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall after a rush of blood to the head.
Mr Lacey 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!’
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Prince William stunned Camilla with his ‘ranting and raving’.
Prince William on his trip to Dubai last week.
“Charles’ wife had been horrified at the ranting and raving that on occasion William had unleashed against her husband in her presence.”
Mr Lacey later added: “The rows have been earth-shattering by Camilla’s account, with William doing the shouting and Charles submitting meekly on the receiving end.”
Only one person can rein in William’s anger, according to royal expert Camilla Tominey.
She told Express.co.uk last year that the Duchess of Cambridge is the “yin to his yang” and can diffuse relevant situations.
She said: “I think one of the secrets to the success of their marriage is that they do seem much more equal than say, for instance, Charles and Diana.
Harry has confessed to having his own ‘blazing temper’.
“I think as well Kate has been very careful not to upstage her husband. I think she is the yin to his yang, in that he — although a level-headed, down-the-line kind of guy — can be prone to a few temper tantrums, perhaps.
“He likes to dig his heels in and know his own mind. I think he can sometimes get quite angry, and one gets the impression that Kate is the one pulling him back, and reining him in, and saying: ‘Alright, let’s just keep calm’.”
This was echoed by a friend of the couple, who told The Telegraph in 2020: “When William is flying off the handle, it is often Kate who pulls him back.
“Sometimes William would let the press get to him. Kate would always be the one to say: ‘Let it go’.”
Both William and those around him have acknowledged how becoming a parent has really changed the future king’s temperament.
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Kate has reportedly tamed William’s temper.
Royal expert Ingrid Seward told The Telegraph in 2020: “Becoming a parent has mellowed him. William has always had this ability to connect with people.
“I remember from some of his earliest engagements how much he reminded me of Diana. He’s very natural and not at all fake.”
This is something William himself addressed in a 2016 interview with the BBC.
He said: “I’m a lot more emotional than I used to be, weirdly… Now the smallest little things, you well up a little more, you get affected by the sorts of things that happened around the world or whatever a lot more, I think, as a father.
William admitted becoming a parent has mellowed him.
“Just because you realise how precious life is and it puts it all in perspective.
“The idea of not being around to see your children grow up and stuff like that.”
William’s relationship with his father has changed significantly as the years have gone on, and he is now reported to be pragmatic about the role Camilla plays in his father’s life and the future of the Firm too.
A source told the Daily Mail earlier this month that, although William would not have been involved in the decision-making process of the Queen’s move to make Camilla the Queen consort, he was “supportive” of the move.
The source said: “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.
“But he sees that Camilla has made his father happy and it is something he has come to terms with.
“His relationship with the Prince of Wales is better than it ever has been. 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.”
‘Battle of Brothers’ was written by Robert Lacey and published by William Collins in 2020. It is available here.