Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit smoking can have serious repercussions on Wills and Kate’s family routine, so how will the Cambridge clan cope with the fall?
Every December, a retired insurance broker named Tim O’Donovan sits at his kitchen table in Berkshire and thoroughly tells which member of the Royal Family has made the most commitments in the last 12 months. The amateur archivist has been doing this for four decades, using publicly available information in the Circular of the Court drawn up by Buckingham Palace. Once completed, then submit your list to The Times for publication.
Charles ranks first.
This December was no exception, as Mr. O’Donovan’s list for 2019 reveals that Prince Charles made the most commitments with 521 in total. Princess Anne stayed behind with 506, while the queen was third with 300. Meanwhile, Prince William attended 220 official events, Harry made 201, while his wives Kate and Meghan registered 126 and 83 respectively.
But next year’s list will be a very different proposal without Harry and Meghan available for tape cutting and handshaking tasks. So, the big question now is: who will carry out the more than 250 commitments previously made by them?
A bigger load
The most obvious answer is, of course, William and Kate. As the youngest major Royals in this newly rationalized Monarchy, they are the best candidates to step forward and take on the burden of public life. William has already made two commitments only at Buckingham Palace, when previously Harry would have appeared with him.
“Most likely, William and Kate will face more,” Royal Public Relations expert and commentator Richard Richard Fitzwilliams confirmed to a newspaper. “The hopes of the institution rest on them] and have the distinction of never setting foot badly.”
It is true that the couple is almost perfect in how they behave publicly, as demonstrated last week when they made a joint commitment in Bradford. Writing in Vanity Fair, Royal’s experienced correspondent, Katie Nicholl, said The Queen in particular is a fan of how “unperturbed” Kate is juggling motherhood, both at home and abroad, and that the duchess makes Royals look normal and “in touch.” “The queen has Kate in high esteem,” he wrote.
An act of juggling.
But what will be the impact on them in private if their workload doubles, as indicated by Mr. O’Donovan’s numbers that might be necessary? With three children under seven, Kate and William have a busy home life. The time spent is spent living in his apartment at Kensington Palace, while weekends and holidays are spent at his retirement from Norfolk, Anmer Hall. An increase in public duties will inevitably mean less time devoted to both and, presumably, greater dependence on the nannies and practical parents of Kate, Carole and Michael Middleton, for child care.
Then there is the inevitable increase in scrutiny that will come with them assuming an even greater public role in the absence of Harry and Meghan. All his movements are already examined and dissected: when Kate was filmed shrinking from William in the BBC television special, A Berry Royal Christmas, rumors abounded that something was wrong. The actual observers said that it was because the couple is not usually tactile in public, unlike Meghan and Harry, and Kate believes they should keep it that way, following the example of decades of the Queen and Prince Philip.
Palace of Concern
Faced with their lives becoming even busier, it is not surprising that Prince William is said to be “incandescent” when reading the shock of Harry and Meghan “we quit” just ten minutes before it was issued to the public two weeks ago . He must have been very aware of what it would mean for his young family and how pressure would build on him and Kate.
“There is genuine concern about how much this could affect the Cambridges,” Mirror newspaper said, citing a Palace source.
While the royal newspaper is now hurriedly rewriting to get Harry and Meghan out of the equation, some plans are being confirmed, including Kate and William’s first visit a year abroad. In March they will visit Ireland for the first time, visiting Dublin and Cork during a two-day stop.