William ‘feeling the pressure’ as Duke still struggles to ‘adjust’ after Harry’s departure
Prince William ‘feels the pressure’ says expert
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Friends close to Prince William have claimed that the Duke of Cambridge “definitely feels the pressure of not having Harry by his side”. Roya Nikkah, royal correspondent for the Sunday Times, told Sky News that William has struggled to adapt since his brother’s departure. The death of Prince Philip and the “scaling back of duties” for the Queen has created a bigger workload for William, which is taking its toll on the senior royal.
A Sky News host said: “It leaves William and Kate a lot of the workload to pick up, after the departure of Harry and Meghan who would have been sharing that, as the Queens scales back her duties.”
Ms Nikkah said: “I spoke to people very close to William recently, and he definitely feels the pressure in terms of not having Harry by his side to share that responsibility.
“He sees that his future looks very different now because of the decisions Harry made.
“He is starting to accept that but it’s been a big adjustment in the last year.”
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The Sunday Times correspondent also revealed that Harry and William have a “long way to go” before their relationship begins to heal.
She said: “The Oprah interview was a bomb under the Royal Family.
“William did not take it well. No one in the Royal Family did. It is going to take a long time for that to heal.”
Ms Nikkah suggested that the brothers agreed to put on a “united front” at the funeral of their grandfather.
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She explained: “My understanding is that it was very much a united front for the Royal Family to honour Prince Philip at the funeral, that there should be no visual depiction of disunity.”
On Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge’s growth in the past 10 years, the royal expert noted: “Kate Middleton is becoming more confident. She is more assured of the direction she wants to take in terms of her work.
“That is a role she has grown into. It’s a role that even William is still carving up, even though he was born into it.”
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge marked ten years of marriage yesterday, as the couple released new photographs and a family video to mark their anniversary.
The pair posted a video alongside a heartfelt message, which read: “Thank you to everyone for the kind messages on our wedding anniversary.
“We are enormously grateful for the 10 years of support we have received in our lives as a family. W & C.”
It is understood that Harry and Meghan “privately congratulated” Prince William and Kate Middleton on their wedding anniversary.
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