The No.1 Thing the Prince and Princess of Wales Must Do Now, According to Royal Expert
It might be a slow process.
The moment Queen Elizabeth died, the members of the royal family all moved up the line of succession. In addition to rising closer to the throne, their titles also changed. Prince William, now first in line to the throne, and his wife, Kate Middleton, have been known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for many years. However, now that his father is king and he has risen in the ranks, he has a new title: Prince of Wales. And, according to experts, if he wants to win over the people and eventually become a beloved King, there is something that he and his wife need to do.
In an exclusive subscriber story for the Telegraph, Camilla Tominey writes that Prince William and Princess Kate need to satisfy the needs of the people of Wales, their namesake. In fact, the couple visited Wales this week.
Royal sources revealed to the Telegraph on Tuesday that Prince William and Princess Kate are focusing on "gaining the trust and respect of the Welsh people over time" instead of hoping for an instant embrace. It is unlikely that he will demand a public ceremony to commemorate his new title.
"The Prince and Princess will approach their new roles in the way that they have approached their other work, in their own way," the source added.
"Seemingly conscious of some of the criticism that has been aimed at his father over the years, William understands that he cannot simply take his status for granted. Despite the Waleses' undoubted popularity, he needs to work to become accepted," writes Tominey.
"The King managed to gradually ingratiate himself with the people of Wales by learning their language and paying as many visits to the country as possible. It was a slow burn thing but it eventually won people over," she continued. "In that spirit, the Prince would be wise to leave less unsaid in Welsh, too. I know his former spokesman, a proud Welshman, taught him to sing the Welsh anthem. If he can appear semi fluent by the time of his investiture he will arguably be able to count on the support of the Welsh as he moves forward in his role as second in command to the King."