PRINCE WILLIAM and Kate Middleton took a “huge gamble” in how they decided to handle their private lives, according to a royal expert.
The Duke of Cambridge attended more than 200 royal engagements last year and the Duchess over 100, and they are naturally in the public eye at all times. However, they are very quiet about their personal lives, and what goes on behind closed doors. In an age when people are increasingly documenting their lives on social media, Kate and William have bucked the trend and gone in the opposite direction to try and reclaim a level of privacy for themselves and their children.
However, there is a risk that this could give the public the impression that they are not doing very much, the most common accusation thrown at members of the Royal Family.
Journalist and author Catherine Myer explained this in the 2017 documentary ‘Kate: The Making of a Modern Queen’.
She said: “They are, I think, interestingly positioning themselves for the age that they are in the era in which they are in the public eye, which is of course a social media-saturated, Instagram selfie era, where they are in some way going very much against the tide on that, trying to reclaim something for themselves.
“Now, I think that is potentially quite a clever thing to do in the long run.
Prince William and Kate Middleton want to keep their family life private (Image: GETTY)
William, Kate, George, Charlotte and Louis (Image: GETTY)
“In the short term, it is inciting the ire of the press, so they’re getting a more negative press as a result, because the press feel shut out and you see some quite silly and nasty reporting as a result.
“But there is also the danger that they just end up looking like they’re not doing very much, which is the big criticism.”
Indeed, one of the most common grievances people have with the Royal Family is how much money they take for what is perceived to be an “easy” or “soft” existence, where they do not do very much to deserve it.
Republicans ‒ those who believe that the monarchy should be abolished ‒ could use the apparent inactivity of the Cambridges, on social media or elsewhere, as an argument for ditching the Royal Family completely.
Journalist and author Catherine Mayer (Image: YouTube – Timeline: World History Documentaries)
This is why William and Kate understand that the press are essential for getting their message out about what they are doing.
Emily Nash, royal reporter for Hello magazine, pointed out that they have reached an understanding with many in the media about photographs of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
She said: “I think [William] understands that there is a huge public interest in their lives and affection towards them as a result of that, and that the media is necessary, certainly when it comes to conveying messages.
“I think he totally understands that it is a vital tool for him.
Emily Nash, royal reporter for Hello magazine (Image: YouTube – Timeline: World History Documentaries)
“Kensington Palace has warned against the use of paparazzi photographs of the children in particular.
“Although they are still being taken quite frequently, there aren’t any UK publications that will use them and I think that’s probably helped a great deal in reassuring him.
Instead, we have William and Kate choosing when they want to issue photographs of the children.”
It was William’s early life that drilled into him his desire to have a quiet family life.
His parents’ marriage broke down in the full glare of the media, and it was very difficult for him to cope with that.
Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl reflected on how Princess Diana’s suffering affected her elder son.
She said “William guards the privacy of his family more highly than anything else in his life and it doesn’t take a psychologist to work out why.
“You only need to look at William’s own background, his relationship with his mother, what happened to his mother, the untimely death, preceding that, the breakdown of the Waleses’ marriage, everything played out in the media, poured over in the press and he hated it.
“And you can completely understand why all he wants is a quiet family life out of the spotlight.”
SourcE: EXPRESS CO UK