Royal snub: How Prince William ‘deliberately upstaged fuddy-duddy Prince Charles’

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PRINCE WILLIAM apparently tried to “upstage” his father Prince Charles when he was taking part in important royal engagements back in his youth, according to unearthed reports.

William is second-in-line to the throne after his father, Charles. While the two are always amicable in public, royal insiders have indicated over the years that since Princess Diana’s death back in 1997, there has been some tension between them. Indeed William has become the more popular royal of the two and royal fans have suggested the Queen should bypass the Prince of Wales and hand the crown to the Duke of Cambridge.

This is incredibly unlikely, but William has stepped up following Megxit and has been training for his next role as the future Prince of Wales.

Many royal watchers also acknowledged how during the pandemic, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken centre stage.

At the time, William was keen to bond with his two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

According to royal correspondent Richard Kay in the Daily Mail earlier this year, William would deliberately try to outshine Charles in his teenage years.

Prince William and Prince Charles

Prince William and Prince Charles (Image: Getty)

William reportedly tried to deliberately upstage his

William reportedly tried to deliberately upstage his “fuddy-duddy” father (Image: Getty)

Mr Kay explained: “For Charles, who at the age of 48 and set in his ways found himself a single parent to two teenage boys, the years after Diana’s death were tricky.

“With so much of his own life regimented and given over to royal duty, who could blame him if he took an easy route with his sons?

“His attitude was to take the path of least resistance.

“This sometimes allowed him to be seen to be weak and as the boys got older they would exploit it.

Charles struggled with both his sons, Harry and William, in the years following Diana's death

Charles struggled with both his sons, Harry and William, in the years following Diana’s death (Image: Getty)

“They saw him as a fuddy-duddy and regarded him with affectionate ridicule.”

One royal aide told Mr Kay that the royal sons even “bullied” Charles.

The insider explained: “’They showed him little respect and never deferred to his diary of engagements.

“’This was important because the Royal Family is run on business lines with each part working to support the other.

William, Charles and Harry at the Duke of Sussex's Invictus Games

William, Charles and Harry at the Duke of Sussex’s Invictus Games (Image: Getty)

Charles pictured with Kate and William

Charles pictured with Kate and William (Image: Getty)

“It means not upstaging each other.

“Yet on three occasions when the Prince of Wales was undertaking important business on behalf of the Government, the boys made announcements themselves that stole the headlines.

“Of course, he didn’t say anything.

“He was angry and hurt, but he was never as decisive as he should have been.”

However, a few years down the line William became known as the “reluctant royal” due to his low number of royal engagements per year.

He deliberately addressed the matter in an interview with the BBC’s Nicholas Witchell in 2016, where he said: “I take duty very seriously.

William is second-in-line to the throne after his father

William is second-in-line to the throne after his father (Image: Getty)

“I take my responsibility very seriously, but it’s about finding your own way at the right time, but if you’re not careful, duty can sort of weigh you down an awful lot at a very early age.

“You have to develop into the duty role.”

At the time, William was keen to bond with his two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Yet in the last four years, William has embraced his role to a greater extent.

Following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down from the royal frontline, royal sources suggested that both William and Kate needed to step up.

They have also started to form a new ‘Fab Four’ with Charles and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles, deliberately showing that the monarchy had not been shaken by the shocking Sussex decision.

Mr Kay added that it was no wonder Harry shared a “wry smile” when broadcaster Tom Bradby told him the Megxit crisis had undoubtedly brought Charles and William closer together.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK