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Prince William has been tipped not to follow in King Charles’s footsteps with his own Coronation.
While the UK is still reeling from the excitement of His Majesty’s official investiture early this month, speculation has already been rife about William’s plans for his own reign.
Royal editor Russell Myers suggested the Prince of Wales will take a break from royal tradition to show he is a “modern man” ready to lead the slimmed-down monarchy his father is now seeking to establish.
The King has signalled only the most senior members of the Royal Family will now work on behalf of the Crown with a special Coronation photo many have seen as indicating which relatives will continue working with him.
Myers said: “These reports about William planning his own Coronation – we’ve barely caught up on the sleep we were missing from the last one.
“It does seem a bit soon, however, William does have a lot on his shoulders. Certainly, he and his family are going to have to be the flag-bearers for the modern monarchy.
“We’re talking about slimmed-down versions, it’s not very of them left at the moment because obviously Harry and Meghan have left, we’ve got Prince Andrew having stepped back because of his involvement with certain affairs.”
Speaking to Today, the royal editor suggested William will ditch the “glitz and glamour” the public saw in King Charles’s Coronation for a modernised interpretation of the traditional service.
He continued: “And now we have William talking about what will it mean to be the monarchy in the modern world.
“I don’t think he will have a coronation anywhere near what we saw with Charles’s.
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“We talk about the glitz and the glamour mixed in with the thousand-year-old ceremony – I can’t see how he, as a modern man, will want to give that sort of indication of his personality.”
A source close to the Prince of Wales suggested earlier this week the royal has already started to think about his coronation and has signalled he will go a very different route compared to his father.
The insider told The Times: “There is no way he will go down that route or anything like it.”
“He is really thinking, how do we make his coronation feel most relevant in the future? He is mindful of the fact that in 20 years time, or whenever his time comes, how can the coronation be modern but also unifying to the nation and the Commonwealth?
“I think his coronation will look and feel quite different.”
The insider argued William’s refusal to have an investiture service to mark his new role as Prince of Wales shows his intention to step away from tradition.
They added: “You can see it in how he has taken having an investiture off the table, and his thinking on how to leave a legacy in communities rather than just going in [to] do ribbon cutting.
“You can see it in how he is running an environmental prize with Earthshot that is not just about handing cash out, but about the long-term impact globally. He is thinking about his coronation in the same way.”
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