Prince William young: How Duke struggled to make bond with Charles ‒ ‘remote figure’

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PRINCE WILLIAM had a “tricky relationship” with his father growing up as Prince Charles was a “remote figure” consumed by work, claimed royal expert Penny Junor.

William will attend the Tusk Conservation Awards tonight to celebrate African-based conservation leaders. Now in its ninth year, the Tusk Awards, which were launched by the Duke of Cambridge himself, will be held at the British Film Institute in London.  William, who is the royal patron of Tusk, said: “These awards, which mean a great deal to me personally, play a huge part in our mission to preserve Africa’s precious wildlife for its people

“It is vital that we recognise the dedication of these unsung heroes and the bravery of rangers risking their lives, day and night, on conservation’s frontline.

“We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”

The Duke of Cambridge has followed in his father’s footsteps and shown a growing commitment to the environment in recent years.

Earlier this month, William urged world leaders to make the “impossible, possible” as they engaged in last-ditch talks to strike a landmark COP26 deal.

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Prince Charles was a remote figure when William was young claimed an expert (Image: Getty)

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William has shown a growing commitment to environmental causes (Image: Getty)

In October, he launched his inaugural Earthshot Prize, which awarded five winners £1million prize money for creating ground-breaking solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing the planet.

While Charles said he was “very proud” of his son’s active commitment to the environment, the pair have reportedly not always had the smoothest of relationships.

Royal biographer Ms Junor, once claimed that Charles’ relationship with William was “slightly tricky” due to the heir apparent’s commitment to work.

Ms Junor claimed to the Daily Beast in 2017: “It is a slightly tricky relationship because Charles has always been quite a remote figure.

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William’s childhood was affected by his parents divorce and mother’s subsequent death (Image: Getty)

“He has always been consumed by work.

“That’s not the product of a lack of love.

“It’s a product of the fact he is so focused on his work, and the need to make a difference in the world that, like many people who are seeking to make a difference in the world, he has sometimes overlooked friends and loved ones beside him.”

Tension in William and Charles’ relationship is said to have existed from a young age.

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Charles and William’s relationship became closer when the young prince went to university (Image: Getty)

William witnessed the breakdown of his parents’ marriage, after Charles and Princess Diana separated in 1992, when their incompatibility and infidelity became public knowledge.

Charles had rekindled his romance with his future wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, who is now the Duchess of Cornwall.

Ms Junor claimed in Tatler in June 2020: “Diana shared an awful lot of her misery with William.

“He knew that Camilla was the woman who caused her to be so unhappy ‒ yet equally he knew that Camilla was the woman who made his father happy, so it was extremely difficult for him.”

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Charles praised William’s work on the Earthshot prize (Image: Getty)

 

In 1997, a year after Charles and Diana’s divorce was finalised, the Princess of Wales tragically died in a car crash in Paris.

Reportedly, Charles was the person to break the terrible news to his two grief-stricken sons while the pair were staying at Balmoral.

The Prince of Wales’ relationship with William appeared closer as the young prince entered adulthood and went off to study at the University of St Andrews.

Charles is believed to have encouraged the prince to stay at university when he considered quitting, while he also welcomed Kate, Duchess of Cambridge into the family.

Today, William and Charles appear closer than ever and share passion for tackling the climate crisis.

William paid tribute to his father in the foreword for the Earthshot Prize book, where he described Charles, as well as his grandfather Prince Philip as “pioneers in the environmental movement.”

Meanwhile Charles shared how proud he was of his son’s environmental commitment.

Captioning a touching photo of him and William hugging, Charles said last month: “I am very proud of my son, William for his growing commitment to the environment and the bold ambition of the Earthshot Prize.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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