Prince William and Kate’s reputation crucial to ‘safety’ of Royal Family

Prince William 'smoothed' his path to reign says Mills

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 39, have stepped up for further engagements and appearances since Meghan and Harry moved to the US. In the past few weeks especially, they have been an integral part of the Royal Family, conducting appearances in the absence of the Queen, who has been suffering from ill-health.

In the latter half of 2021, the Queen has cancelled a slew of engagements and appearances after being advised by doctors to rest and only carry out “light desk-based duties”.

The 95-year-old monarch pulled out of her appearance at a Remembrance Sunday service after spraining her back and also cancelled a two-day visit to Northern Ireland on the advice of her doctors.

In October, Her Majesty also spent a night at King Edward VII Hospital in London, her first hospital visit in eight years, and her last public appearance came when she was spotted leaving a joint royal christening ceremony on November 21.

As a result of the Queen’s recent health scare, royal watchers are increasingly questioning the future of the monarchy.

Royal historian Dr Ed Owens claims that Prince William and Kate form an integral part in maintaining the “safety” of the monarchy when the Queen’s reign ends.

He told “The monarchy is safe so long as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge maintain their image as the ideal happy family.

“They’re extremely popular and the concerns that were briefly aired about the state of their marriage a couple of years ago seems to have blown over.”

A poll by YouGov notes that Prince William is the third most popular member of the Royal Family, followed by Kate in fourth, with the Queen and the late Prince Philip in the top two positions.

Their polling also found that William is liked by 62 percent of Britons, with just 15 percent expressing their dislike for the royal while 22 percent said they were neutral.

The Duke is second-in-line to the throne while Kate, as his wife, is to become Queen Consort when he becomes king.

Another YouGov poll carried out in April showed that Kate is also popular with the population.

With 43 percent saying Kate “definitely will” make a good Queen, and 33 percent saying she “probably will”.

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Prince William has begun to carry out a range of duties previously conducted by the Queen – including investiture ceremonies – which could note that a transition is underway.

Kate has also begun to take on more duties and patronages, in addition to delivering speeches on powerful issues such as early years child development and addiction.

Royal expert Camilla Tominey claims Kate’s position as both a wife to a future king, and the mother to a future king makes her “arguably the most powerful person in the royal family”.

In a video for the Telegraph, she added: “When it comes to their generation, you could say [Kate and Prince William] are ruling the royal roost.”

The couple is expected to continue to offer support to the monarch, who celebrates her Platinum Jubilee next year.

It is understood that as part of the celebrations, members of the Royal Family will travel around the country and overseas to mark the significant milestone.

Also during 2022, William and Kate will also likely be working closely on their own specific initiatives, including the Duke’s Earthshot Prize awards ceremony which will be held in the US.

It is not yet known whether the couple will make the trip across the pond for the ceremony, as for this year’s London based event no guests were allowed to fly in from other countries to attend, in order to tie in with the sustainability theme.

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