While Prince William and his Catherine were in Canada and the USA, it was hard to notice that Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were visiting dozens of venues in Wales, or that the Queen and Prince Philip toured Scotland and held an investiture there. There simply wasn’t the coverage.
All but the most local reporters were overseas, describing what Kate was wearing.
And that’s fine, said Prince Charles last weekend, except that it’s too much, too soon. He’s likely relieved that the couple has now decided to remove themselves from the limelight except on rare occasions. They’ve proved that they have what it takes to undertake a grueling Royal tour without collapsing, and now they can take a year or two off, perhaps even to start a family (with or without the help of brussels sprouts).
Prince Charles reportedly commented that the other royals’ work was being overshadowed and obscured by what is very akin to Beatlemania. This led to a flurry of accusations of jealousy — but The Mirror makes an important point. He was witness to Diana’s transformation through the media, of her sickness and collapse. He was witness to what eventually came from that relentless pressure.
While Kate and William are now to hide from the public eye, ostensibly in an attempt to avoid getting in the way of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year, they’ve also reportedly been approached as possible replacements for the shamed Prince Andrew in this business role. Promoting business and British interests abroad is what it’ll all be about — but it’s all a little dog-eat-dog, too.
There’s no doubt it will be a success: The UK Trade and Industry event they attended in Los Angeles, meant to drum up support for a Tech City in the United Kingdom, has worked. American companies are now, suddenly, into the idea. The couple has the Midas touch, for now, and Britain wants to cash in on that. It doesn’t care, apparently, about other people’s hurt feelings.
After their public hiatus, the Duchess is expected to finally pick a few handfuls of charitable patronages, and make her debut into The Firm as an individual with a voice — something she didn’t have, once, in Canada and the United States. And she can follow up on an invitation from the Queen to spend time together at Balmoral, an alliance and relationship she’ll need to rely on in the ongoing “princess (or Duchess) training.”
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Sources: Toronto Sun; The Telegraph (embassadors; Balmoral); The Mirror
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