More than the Sovereign of the United Kingdom, Head of Commonwealth countries, Her Majesty Elizabeth II is also a listening grandmother. This is in any case what Robert Lacey revealed in his work Battle of Brothers, published this Tuesday, October 20, 2020 and quoted by the American magazine Us Weekly. Because, when Prince Charles and Lady Diana separated in 1992 (their divorce was formalized four years later), the 94-year-old monarch had supported Prince William, marked by the break-up of his parents over time. “It was then three years after her parents separated,” writes the royal biographer, “just two years before Diana’s death – and the Queen was worried about William’s state of mind.” The Duke of Cambridge was then 13 years old.
To her advisers, Her Majesty Elizabeth II confided her fear of seeing Prince William sink into depression, just like Lady Diana who struggled daily with this same disorder. Her husband, Prince Philip, then advised her to get closer to her grandson, heir to the Crown after Prince Charles. And to do this, the Queen of England has established a ritual. “It was then that the monarch set up a Sunday lunch routine with William, which helped transform the fragile schoolboy (…) into a rather tough young man,” says Robert Lacey in Battle of Brothers. A bond that has only grown since.
A worthy heir
Because if Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have renounced their status as senior members of the royal family, Her Majesty Elizabeth II knows that she can count on the determination of Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton. Two deeply protocol minds, as they prepare for their role at the head of the Commonwealth. The confidence is such that, this Monday, October 19, the Duke of Cambridge was offered the status of royal patron of two British associations that Her Majesty Elizabeth II embodied before him.
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