Royal revelation: How Queen made surprise royal exception for Prince William

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William has been second-in-line to the throne his whole life, and will one day become King upon the death of the Queen and his father Prince Charles. He is now a father of three himself with his university sweetheart turned wife, Kate Middleton. Their children, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one, all follow behind William in the line of succession. With this pressure put upon William from an early age, he reportedly felt the burden of responsibility much more than his younger brother Prince Harry, who is often known as the more mischievous royal when compared to his dutiful elder brother.

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In BBC Radio 5 Live's 2017 podcast series – ‘Images of Diana' – journalist Natasha Kaplinsky explores how the Princess of Wales left behind a legacy which gave her sons greater freedom despite their obligations to the crown.

In Ms Kaplinsky’s discussion with royal expert Camilla Tominey, she revealed how Diana’s children had more independence with their royal duties.

Ms Tominey said: “There’s a sense very much that they want to do things their own way. 

“That trio of powers [Kate, William and Harry] who had somewhat of a separation of powers from Clarence House, from their father, they’re doing their own thing with their Royal Foundation.”

This charitable trust was set up by William and Harry in 2009 and was supposed to be a vehicle for the two men to carry out their humanitarian efforts. 

The Queen and her grandson Prince WilliamThe Queen and her grandson Prince William (Image: GETTY)

Prince William and his familyPrince William and his family (Image: GETTY)

William’s wife Kate became a patron upon her marriage to William in 2011, as did Meghan Markle after she married Harry in 2018.

Ms Tominey continued: “There’s been a little bit of resisting doing duty, and indeed William has prioritised his immediate family over and above the Firm.”

William was granted a ‘media blackout’ while he was studying at the University of St Andrews, so that he could live as a relatively normal student.

He also often asked to be treated just like everyone else when he later worked as a pilot with the RAF and the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and was discreet about royal status.

He then became a full-time royal, meaning his duties increased. Even so, he is also often seen with his children and accompanied both Charlotte and George to their first day at school, regardless of other obligations. 

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