Prince William will make royal family ‘approachable’ says expert
This year, 2020, has been a tumultuous year for the Royal Family after a series of shock revelations and events. First, Prince Andrew had a disastrous interview with Emily Maitlis on BBC Newsnight, after which he stood down from royal duties. Then, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shocked the world with a bombshell announcement they were stepping down as senior royals in pursuit of an independent life.
Next, it was the coronavirus pandemic, and the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were forced to retreat from duties and public life due to their being in the clinically vulnerable category.
Then came the Prince of Wales’ coronavirus diagnosis, forcing him to self isolate in his Birkhall home with the Duchess of Cornwall.
But even though things haven’t exactly been easy for the royals, according to a Palace source, the family is looking to get back to normal.
A palace source told the Sun: “It is clear there is a desire to return to normal when possible.”
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This has been further clarified this year with the royals’ activities throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been all around the country meeting key workers and members of the public, while Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward have volunteered at food banks and supported charities in their endeavours.
And in an effort to steer the course for a more positive 2021, the Queen has formed a new group of down-to-earth, relatable royals to be the face of the family.
The monarch, 94, is said to have established the group to ensure her mantra of “one must be seen to be believed” is fulfilled in the coming year.
The slimmed-down group of royals includes; Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne and the Queen.
A royal source said: “The family are united in exploring the possibilities in working with each other to highlight the causes dear to their hearts, helping each other and the country at the same time.
“They are working on opportunities for next year and beyond already. As soon as they are able, it will be all hands on deck to make up for lost time.
“The Queen has often said they ‘need to be seen to be believed’ – this is coming from the very top.”
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Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has been described as “dedicated and hard-working” thanks to her efforts through the pandemic.
Royal insiders say Sophie is “always busy” and she has been labelled the “royal family’s secret weapon” after appearing in joint video calls with the Queen and Duchess of Cambridge.
The new group will hopefully steady the ship following the fallout from this year’s events.
In addition, Prince Harry is expected to return to the UK next year, which will hopefully see bridges rebuilt between him and other family members.
During a video call with members of the Rugby Football League, Harry said he was intent on coming back to Britain to watch the upcoming World Cup.
The Duke of Sussex said: “We’ve got a whole Rugby League World Cup coming next year, so I definitely plan on coming back.”
He added: “I would have been back already had it not been for Covid.”
There appeared to be much tension between the ‘Fab Four’ during Prince Harry and Meghan’s final royal engagement at a Commonwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey, with the subsequent release of biography Finding Freedom further ruffling feathers among the family.
Hopefully, Prince Harry’s return will see the family reconcile their differences and move on as a whole, making way for a better year in 2021 than what was, in the Queen’s own words, the ‘Annus Horribilis’ of 2020.
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