Royal author Penny Junor believes Prince Charles and Prince William are doing a “very similar job” and may be experiencing some “competition” as they both prepare to take on new roles. She said: “I think it’s always going to be a little bit difficult”.
Speaking to Newsweek, she added: “They are two people doing a very similar job.
“With all fathers and sons I think there’s an element of competition, the older man not really wanting to step over just yet and let the younger take his crown.
“I think that’s always going to be a slight issue.
“I think they’re closer than they were, and they’re both pulling very much in the same direction.”
Prince Charles and Prince William will become King and Prince of Wales at the end of the Queen’s reign.
Over the past few years, they have both been ramping up their work in support of Her Majesty, undertaking more of the duties typical of the sovereign.
These include investitures, a duty also carried out by Princess Anne, and travelling abroad on behalf of the Crown or the UK Government.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the monarch has only completed special one-on-one investitures, including the knighting of late Captain Tom Moore in July 2020.
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The Queen stopped undertaking long-haul flights in 2015, when she visited Malta with Prince Philip one last time.
Moreover, father and son have increased their collaboration on the Duchy of Cornwall, which will be administered by the Duke of Cambridge once Prince Charles becomes King.
William now attends regular meetings focused on the Duchy – the latest taking place this week on November 23, according to the Court Circular.
In 2019, the Duke of Cambridge demonstrated an understanding of the importance of the Duchy for his family and a true commitment during the two-part ITV documentary Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall.
Speaking to a tenant, Mervyn Keeling, about eventually inheriting the Duchy and the importance of family, William said: “I think it’s important, Mervyn, about the family angle. I really do.
“I’ve started to think about how I will inherit the Duchy one day and what I do.”
Shown this clip during the documentary, Prince Charles was said to have been “deeply touched”.
He confessed: “Frankly, it reduced me to tears. It did really.
“Because I suddenly thought, well, just hearing that from him has made all the last 50 years worthwhile.”
As the past few months have shown, Charles and William doesn’t only share similar duties but are also deeply committed to safeguarding the environment and repairing the planet.
Both royals attended the UN’s climate change summit, COP26, earlier this month, when they showed synergy by bringing together business leaders from Charles’s Sustainable Markets Initiative and the finalists of William’s Earthshot Prize needing investments for their projects.
More recently, Prince Charles and Prince William appeared together at the National Service of Remembrance, when the Prince of Wales laid on behalf of the Queen a wreath of red poppies at the Cenotaph.
This marked the fifth year in a row the heir to the throne led Remembrance Sunday tributes.
William also laid a wreath but, in accordance with the pecking order, he did so only after Charles placed at the foot of the Cenotaph also his tribute as Prince of Wales.