Queen will depend on Kate Middleton and Prince William's 'dream team' to save the monarchy, says royal expert
It is safe to say that Queen Elizabeth has had a rather rough start to 2020 considering the royal crisis that has rocked the family from within. Now, the future of the monarchy solely depends on "perfect pair" Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton, per one royal expert.
In the wake of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announcing their royal step down, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have displayed true dedication to the royal order. The duo remains popular with the British populace despite several other royal members struggling to maintain their image. According to one royal commentator, the couple is a "dream team" who can "steady the ship" during such trying times.
“The spotlight has always been on William and Kate as it is a royal goldfish bowl," royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express UK. “However, since Harry started dating Meghan they have been the major media draw as the dynamic duo who were expected to modernize the monarchy. Now after the Sussexes’ bombshell announcement that they are stepping down as senior royals, the monarchy’s future lies in the hands of William and Kate and George and his siblings.”
According to Fitzwilliams, the importance of Prince William and Kate's roles was cemented after Prince Andrew’s withdrawal before Christmas combined with Meghan and Harry’s step back from royal duties. “However, with Andrew in disgrace and unlikely ever to carry out royal duties again, this means 230 patronages need new royal patrons," he said.
"Harry and Meghan have said that they wish to continue their links to the roughly two dozen patronages he and she have," he continued. "Given what has just happened, it is hard to predict the future with any certainty.”
Fitzwilliams also said some commentators who were branding Will and Kate as "dull" were completely wrong in their assertion.
“Some commentators foolishly find the Cambridges dull, yet their charitable work for issues such as mental illness, issues affecting children and the environment are marvelous and reliability is something that better be treasured at the moment!” he said. “The Cambridges and the Sussexes have fewer patronages than the older royals but have tended to be involved more intensely with those they have. The talk of a ‘slimmed down’ royal family is premature however unless they want to undertake far fewer engagements."
“I think the phrase relates to a smaller ‘inner core’," he added.
That said, Will and Kate's ability to “never put a foot wrong” makes them perfect successors to the crisis-stricken monarchy.
“The institution’s hopes rest on William and Kate and they have the distinction of never putting a foot wrong, she has a creative side as we saw with the garden at the Chelsea Flower Show and is an influence on fashion," he said. “They are a dream team, the perfect pair to steady the very rocky ship of state!”
The Cambridges are slated to stand-in for the Queen on Monday, January 20, to host a diplomats' reception at Buckingham Palace. The special event, which will mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit, will also be attended by Princess Anne, Sophie Wessex, and Prince Edward.