The titles that King Charles III bestowed on Friday to his eldest son, William, and William’s wife, Kate, bridged two distinct eras of the royal family.
Called Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate will assume the same titles as King Charles III and his ex-wife, Diana, an official acknowledgment of the woman’s legacy known as ” princess of the people”. Shortly after they received their new title, a palace official said the pair were “focused on deepening the trust and respect of the Welsh people over time”.
The official, who declined to be named, added that the prince and princess will approach their roles “in the humble and humble way they have approached their jobs before.” Kate especially “appreciates the history attached to the role but understandably she’ll want to look to the future as she forges her own path.”
A global phenomenon in the era of tabloids, Diana is described by Roslyn Sulcas on The Times in 2020 is “a protean character who is both approachable and enigmatic.” Her death – in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997, a year after his divorce from Prince Charles – sent Britain into a spiral of grief but the royal family turned cold again. bland.
Queen Elizabeth II had a strained relationship with Diana. She initially refused to allow Union Jack to fly half a foot over Buckingham Palace when Diana died, then changed course. She insists it is her responsibility to comfort Diana’s sons, William, 15, and Harry, 12.
Diana and Charles both admitted to extramarital affairs, and Charles went on to marry his longtime love, Camilla Parker Bowles, after Diana’s death.
Jenni Russell, columnist for The Times of London, writes: “After Diana, the royal family accepted that modern marriage must be based on compatibility, understanding and love. in an editorial published by The Times in 2017, “Charles has his Camilla; Obviously they are happy. The next generation is free.”