Over recent months,Prince William has stepped up in his role as a senior member of the royal family and has been spotted representingthe Queen at numerous events,including at the final royal garden party at Buckingham Palace.
And as second-in-line to the throne, the Duke of Cambridge’s royal engagements have given members of the public a good insight as to what kind of monarch he may be in the future, a royal expert has said.
During an exclusive interview with OK!,Grant Harrold, who is the former butler to Prince Charles, William and Harry, explained how Prince William’s future status as monarch will be influenced greatly by his later mother, Princess Diana.
“I really think William is a people’s person,” he says. “The Queen is as well but he’s a real people’s person as you can see through his interactions, hugs and even how he’s spoken out about caring for people’s mental health and homelessness.”
According to Grant, William’s nature as being a “people person” is something that he has inherited from his mother, who was known for her compassion and accessible approach to the public.
“He seems like he will be a King of the people. While his mother was the people’s princess, I think William will be a King of the people’s hearts,” explains Grant.
“I don’t think he’ll be a King who’s simply seen as being the head of the country, I think he’ll be a King for the people and he will look out and care for the country rather than look over them. It’s one of the big attributes I think he got from his mother.”
Elsewhere, Grant admits thatDiana’s influence can be seen in William on a day-to-day basis when he attends royal engagements.
“When Diana was alive, she and William had a very close relationship and he spent a lot of time with his mother and father,” he says.
“William would’ve seen his mother interact with people and known what a difference it makes to go up to people and give them a hug, to hold their hand or to talk to them on a one-to-one level. Whether it’s intentional or not, it’s a reflection of how he was brought up.”
While William may have proved himself to be a person of people’s hearts, royal author Jennie Bond previously told OK! thatthe Duke of Cambridge felt the pressure of being King in waiting "on his shoulders" when he was younger, though he has “matured” in recent years.
“Having known his mother Diana and speaking to her at length about her children, I remember so vividly how she said the country is lucky to have William, he's all right,” she said.
“I think we did see a reluctance to take on the role earlier on, in his early adolescence, he knew his destiny as none of the rest of us do from such an early age.”
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