Although the Prince’s relationship with Harry remains “serious”, he has missed the opportunity to show how he has been preparing for his role as Prince of Wales on his 40th birthday, according to a royal expert. Instead, the Duke of Cambridge was too busy letting sources spread gossip about how he “alternates between hurt and anger” over Harry’s life decisions.
The actual executive editor of Yahoo! News Omid Scobie criticized the Prince for allowing sources to speak about problems within The Firm on such a momentous occasion.
He said: “Prince William plans to phase out the ‘never complain, never explain’ mantra. Good. But starting with leaked gossip about family fractures that he has criticized Harry for sharing is probably not the best way to go.
“Instead of hearing more about the Duke’s ambitious environmental plans, sources close to us told us in detail that William feels Prince Harry has ‘crossed that line 100 per cent’ by speaking publicly about his struggles within the family.
“Instead of sharing how William is preparing for his role as Prince of Wales and taking charge of the Duchy of Cornwall, we hear from those closest and dearest to William about how his brother has been sucked into a strange world. [in California]. . . and there is fuck everything [William] can do about it.”
He added that the Prince likely gave the “seat” to close sources to share the details of his and Harry’s relationship.
He said: “Sharing intimate details or speaking on behalf of a royal as old as William usually only occurs after express permission has been given.
“My experience with the Duke of Cambridge is that his close circle of friends only speak after a nod from the man himself. In the past, those who have not received such authorization have found themselves in serious trouble.”
Prince William’s birthday was officially marked by catching up with a Big Issue seller he met earlier this month, a move he likely hoped would highlight his drive to end homelessness.
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His birthday, unofficially, was overshadowed by stories about his relationship with his brother, highlighting the rifts that have formed within the Royal Family and overshadowing the work he has put in to become the eventual King, according to Scobie.
He said: “From a PR perspective, Prince William’s milestone birthday was the perfect opportunity to paint the picture of a man focused on getting ready for the big job. After all, he has genuinely been putting in the work.
“But instead, readers were presented with the hypocritical story of how awful it is for Harry to speak publicly about his experiences.”
Reports have emerged that William plans to phase out his grandmother’s “never complain, never explain” mantra for a more modern and vocal Royal Family that will resonate with audiences.
Scobie said: “That outdated rule absolutely needs to go away, but starting the process with leaked stories of family fractures that you once criticized someone else for sharing is probably not the best way to go.”
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Prince William is second in line to the throne after his father Charles, Prince of Wales.
He is largely seen as someone who can modernize the Royal Family, ensuring its survival for future generations.
However, his birthday was marred with stories of fracture within The Firm ranging from his feelings about Uncle Prince Andrew’s fall from grace to his heartbreak over his brother’s departure to California.
As Scobie puts it, people may “have to wait until his 41st if they want to find out how William transformed himself from reluctant heir to dutiful king-in-waiting.”