Royal courtiers will reportedly be handling the topic of Prince William and Kate’s popularity “very sensitively”, claims a royal commentator. Despite Prince Charles being the heir to the throne, the 72-year-old prince is at risk of “being eclipsed” by his eldest son and daughter-in-law, who are incredibly popular with the British public.
Royal commentator Richard Eden told MailPlus: “I think it’s a very tricky balancing act.
“I mean we saw at the James Bond premiere, when we had William, Catherine, Camilla and Charles on the red carpet together, it did look a bit like Charles and Camilla were the supporting act for William and Catherine.”
When asked if this could be a source of irritation for Prince Charles, Richard Eden replied: “I suspect it does, I mean people always said that he was annoyed by the attention that Diana got, so it’s very tricky if before he even becomes monarch, he’s being eclipsed by his younger son.
“So I think it is sensitive, and I think even in Cardiff, we’ve seen just Charles and Camilla, William and Catherine are not there too.”
“Courtiers will have to handle this whole issue very sensitively, but as we’ve seen, the Queen visibly aging with her walking stick and then I think it is a problem. We’ve got a very old monarch and a very old heir to the throne.”
According to recent YouGov polls, Prince William and Kate are ranked as the third and fourth most popular royals, with an approval rating of over 60%.
Prince Charles meanwhile, is ranked as the sixth most popular royal, with Camilla in tenth position.
After the breakdown of his marriage to Princess Diana, the late princess spoke of the future king’s jealousy of the media attention she always received.
During her infamous 1995 interview with BBC Panorama, she said: “With the media attention came a lot of jealousy; a great deal of complicated situations arose because of that.”
She also referred to their 1983 tour of Australia, where the crowds expressed disappointment if Prince Charles greeted their side of the walkway.
Speaking of the incident, she said: “Now, if you’re a man like my husband, a proud man, you mind about that if you hear it every day for four weeks. And you feel low about it, instead of feeling happy and sharing it.”
In recent months, Prince Charles has increased the number of joint engagements he attends with the Queen.
On Thursday, they travelled to Cardiff with the Duchess of Cornwall, to attend the opening of the sixth session of the Welsh Senedd.
Earlier this month, he had also accompanied his mother to the opening of the Scottish Parliament and attended an engagement in the grounds of Balmoral, where they planted a tree as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Initiative.
Prince Charles and Camilla will join forces with the Cambridges in November, when they travel with the Queen to Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit.
The royals will be there between November 1st-5th, and will conduct a number of engagements with world leaders at the important conference.
The outing will mark the second time in recent weeks for the Cambridges to attend an engagement with Prince Charles and Camilla. The royal foursome appeared on the red carpet for the No Time To Die premiere at the Royal Albert Hall.
Kate was particularly praised for her gold-sequinned dress from Jenny Packham, as the royals met with Hollywood celebrities ahead of the latest installment in the James Bond franchise.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK