Anche se il principe William ha sempre saputo che un giorno sarebbe diventato re, probabilmente non si aspettava che avrebbe dovuto raccogliere così tanto del gioco della sua famiglia prima ancora di salire al trono. In primo luogo, c’è stata la partenza improvvisa di suo fratello, il principe Harry, e sua moglie, Meghan Markle, che inaspettatamente hanno rinunciato ai loro doveri reali e si sono trasferiti a Santa Barbara. Anche se William non doveva necessariamente gestire il carico di lavoro abbandonato di Harry, doveva farsi avanti e fare del suo meglio per far sembrare la famiglia un’unità pacifica e coesa nonostante ciò che Harry disse a Oprah.

Prince William is taking on more senior duties

As Prince William inches closer to the throne, Queen Elizabeth has started outsourcing some of her more important royal duties to her grandson. While William has undertaken his fair share of royal tours and always made an appearance at holiday services, it was only recently that he got the green light to represent the queen on matters of royal diplomacy.

Following the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates, in May, Queen Elizabeth asked William to visit Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and offer condolences on her behalf. William flew to Abu Dhabi to meet with the new president, the late Sheikh's half-brother, per Express. This is the sort of royal duty that Queen Elizabeth has generally reserved for herself or her immediate heir, Prince Charles. The Daily Mail's royal editor Rebecca English called this "a significant step up for William" on Twitter. Until now, he had not been tasked with such a heavy responsibility.

Though this was a big move for William, eyes remain on the queen, who's rapidly deteriorating health has been the subject of speculation for months. After contracting COVID-19 earlier this year, she has been seen in public less and less. On May 16, a palace source confirmed to the Daily Mail that the queen's health was still in trouble, claiming she has "good and less good days." Though she seemed in good spirits during a May appearance at a Platinum Jubilee celebration, it seems likely we'll see William filling in a lot more in the future.

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