PRINCE William has been “stepping up” to prepare for his role as king and has been slowly revealing the “manifesto” he will take on in the future, royal expert Roya Nikkhah said.
Prince William has been slowly taking on an increasing number of roles and duties in preparation for his future as king. The Duke of Cambridge stepped up to the plate during the coronavirus outbreak and continued to carry out his duties despite the lockdown. Royal commentator Roya Nikkhah, who has been following William on tours for several years, told True Royalty TV: “I am out on engagements and tours at normal times a lot so I get a lot of access to William. I see him on jobs, I’ve had private conversations too.
“What we’ve been seeing in the last couple of years, and we’re really seeing now during coronavirus, is how he is stepping up within the family and on the public stage.
“I definitely got a sense on tours I’ve done with William over the past number of years, a very important tour to the Middle East, a tour of Israel and Palestine, the tour we just had to Ireland…we’re seeing that sort of diplomacy role grow.”
She added: “He’s on that ladder to kingship whenever that will be.
“I’ve definitely got a sense from the causes he’s interested now – he’s pushing mental health a lot, very into football and mental health again – it’s almost like he is revealing his monarchy manifesto.”
Prince William has taken on an increasing number of duties (Image: GETTY)
Prince William continued to work despite the lockdown (Image: GETTY)
Prince William has focussed much of his efforts on raising awareness and promoting better mental health discourse.
Earlier this month, the Duke of Cambridge joined forces with the BBC and his Heads Up campaign to bring attention to the plea of men struggling with mental health issues.
In the documentary, the Duke of Cambridge spoke of his struggles after the death of his mother Princess Diana, how he and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge supported one another, and the importance of people speaking out when they are struggling.
William also admitted to suffering from anxiety in the early years he picked up engagements but said his bad eyesight helped him overcome his difficulties.
The Duke of Cambridge was among the first members of the family to head back to work (Image: GETTY)
Prince William has worked a lot to raise awareness on mental health issues (Image: GETTY)
Asked whether being in the public gaze made him feel uneasy and anxious, Prince William replied that he did the was younger but not so much now.
He said: “My eyesight started to tail off a little bit as I got older, and I didn’t use to wear contacts when I was working, so when I gave speeches I couldn’t see anyone’s face.
“And it helps, because it’s just a blur of faces and because you can’t see anyone looking at you – I can see enough to read the paper and stuff like that – but I couldn’t actually see the whole room.
“And actually that really helped with my anxiety.”
Prince William pictured with his children to mark his birthday (Image: KENSINGTON PALACE)
In addition to his charitable work, Prince William is also believed to have started preparing to take over the management of the Duchy of Cornwall from his father, Prince Charles.
As second in line to the throne, William is not only expected to inherit the title of Prince of Wales when Charles becomes king but also the style of Duke of Cornwall.
The role comes with the vast and lucrative land which spread over 21 British counties.
Royal expert Charlie Proctor told The Daily Star Online in February: “Just like Prince Charles is preparing to become King, William is already preparing to become Prince of Wales ready for the duties and responsibilities he will have to take on.
“As an example, William recently left his job as an air ambulance pilot to become a full time working royal.
“As time goes on his presence becomes ever more important meaning he has to commit all of his working time to royal duties.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK