William, 39, is set to inherit his dad’s Prince of Wales title when Charles becomes King and he is already looking ahead to how he will carry out his new duties
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Prince William is reportedly planning to reinvent the role of the Prince of Wales – and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, will play a key role in the future.
William, 39, is set to inherit his dad’s Prince of Wales title when Charles becomes King and he is already looking ahead to how he will carry out his new duties.
Palace aides are said to be describing the strategy as ‘the Cambridge way’, with Kate, 40, expected to undertake more solo overseas tours and William to focus on a handful of charities.
It comes after the couple’s Caribbean tour was marred by protests and criticism amid reports of tension with Clarence House after the trip clashed with Prince Charles’ visit to Ireland.
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William is said to be considering cutting the number of charities the Prince of Wales usually retains, with a focus on mental health, the environment and children’s early years.
The new strategy will reportedly harness the Duchess of Cambridge’s popularity, with Kate increasingly sitting on overseas tours alone.
William also intends to ax the half the estimated 140 members of staff working for the Prince of Wales when he takes over the role.
The Duke of Cambridge reportedly also favors more informal meet-and-greets over royal stage-managed events and has no plans to take over The Prince’s Trust, which was founded by his father in 1976.
The Cambridge blueprint marks a change from Charles’ strategy as the Prince of Wales – but the new plans are not said to be a swipe at the future King.
A source close to William told the Mail on Sunday: “This approach isn’t a criticism of what has come before but just an acknowledgment of a desire for change.
“It’s about hope and optimism for the future. What is driving the Duke and Duchess in everything they do is urgency plus optimism equals action.
“Many of the causes adopted by the Duke and Duchess, whether it’s Earthshot [the annual prize awarded by the Royal Foundation for contributions to environmentalism] or the early years work, also touches on every other aspect of society so it’s not that they’re excluding other good causes by having a focus.”
It comes after the Royal Family attended a thanksgiving service for Prince Philip which saw the shamed Duke of York return to the spotlight as he escorted the Queen from Windsor and to her seat in the church.
William and Charles are said to be united against Prince Andrew returning to public life.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told the Mirror: “In terms of royal events, I don’t expect we will see Prince Andrew appear in the near future – if ever again.
“He won’t play any kind of a role in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, of which I think we can be quite sure.
“Prince Charles and William will be totally apposed to it, it’s a non-starter.”