Prince William is second in line to the British throne, just after his father Prince Charles. In the last few years, William has taken his royal responsibilities seriously, becoming a full-time royal and leaving the Air Ambulance Service in July 2017 in order to focus on his royal duties. Last month we found out that the Cambridge family will be establishing a separate royal household from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as Prince William steps up his commitments as a senior royal.
Former royal butler Paul Burrell reveals what he thinks will be the future king’s first act in 2017, in the Amazon Prime documentary “The Diana Story.” Burrell became part of Princess Diana’s household in 1987, after leaving the Queen’s service as footman, and was involved in much of the day-to-day care of the young Princes.
He reveals: “One day when William is king, the first thing he’ll do is restore his mother’s titles.”
Diana’s title of Her Royal Highness was bestowed on her when she married Prince Charles in 1981.
When the royal couple finally divorced in 1996, there was lots of speculation on whether Diana would be allowed to keep her HRH honorific. According to the rumours at the time the Queen had no problem with Diana retaining her title, but Prince Charles not so much, as he moved to block it.
If William restores his mother’s title, it will “raise her into the position which she should have been raised to 20 years ago,” Burrell says. In the documentary, Burrell also says that when Princess Diana was laid to rest on her family’s estate in the grounds of Althorp House, the plaque on her coffin read “Diana Princess of Wales”. So he felt that Diana’s Her Royal Highness title should have been restored then. “Why couldn’t they, in the last moment, have given her back her title? It wouldn’t have hurt anyone,” he says.