In an interview several years ago, Prince William, who is second-in-line to the throne, was asked about what type of King he planned to be and if he’d thought about his future role – and he gave an unusual yet touching answer
Since the day he was born, Prince William has been second-in-line to the throne behind his father Prince Charles.
And one day in the future, it’s likely he will take the crown himself with the Duchess of Cambridge at his side as Queen.
But what type of King will he choose to be? Well, it’s a question he was once asked in an interview – and he gave a very unexpected answer.
William sat down for a chat with the BBC several years ago to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
In the interview, he was asked by veteran BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell what kind of King William V would be – and if he would be a more “modern monarch”.
And he replied: “Well, I think the Royal Family has to modernize and develop as it goes along and it has to stay relevant.
“And that’s the challenge for me, how do I make the Royal Family relevant in the next, 20 years time – or it could be 40 years time, or 60 years time – I have no idea when that is going to be.
“I certainly don’t lie awake waiting or hoping for it – because sadly it means my family have moved on and I don’t want that.”
Ian Vogler/Daily Mirror)
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Yesterday, William was in Dubai for his first official visit to the United Arab Emirates.
There, he told school children “you are the future” in the fight to save the planet as he planted mangroves with children in Abu Dhabi in a specialist nature reserve in the heart of the desert.
William told students from the British School Al Khubairat while at the Jubail Mangrove Park: “You are the future. Keep up the good work.”
The royal visited the park, which is an initiative with the son of Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Khaled.
He also held a “private bilateral meeting” with the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The Duke’s visit, on behalf of the Foreign Office, comes as Britain has been looking to the Gulf countries for trade deals as part of its post-Brexit strategy to build new ties around the world.
A Kensington Palace spokesperson said: “The bond between the UK and the UAE is deep and strong and Prince William’s visit will highlight and build upon these links as he has the opportunity to engage with young Emiratis, leaders from government and committed conservationists.”