Andrew Lownie, the royal expert, claims that at the moment the royal family are in a soft regency” period and Prince William and Kate Middleton are stepping up in their position.
A royal author claims that due to their immense popularity, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been giving a “bigger role” in the royal family. Prince William and Kate Middleton will return to their royal duties later this week as the summer holidays come to an end.
With the Queen, 95, is expected to cut down on the number of engagements she does, William and Kate will be the ones picking up the slack, according to Andrew Lownie, author of several historical books on the royals.
He told the Express: “We’re in a period of what can be called a soft regency, in effect the Queen is standing back, not doing many roles.
“The roles that she is doing are being accompanied by Prince Charles, everyone is being prepared for Charles and Camilla.
“As a result, William and Kate, who seems to be very popular, are stepping into the position that Charles and Camilla had.
“Because they are, I would say almost more popular than Charles and Camilla, they’ve probably been given a higher role.”
The Cambridge family had quite the summer, with Kate and William using every moment they had to spend some quality time with their three children-George, Charlotte and Louis. But now it is time for the young ones to return to school, with George and Charlotte returning to Thomas’s Battersea school in London, while the youngest, Prince Louis, will continue going to Willcocks Nursery in Kensington.
Prince William will also immediately be returning to work this Thursday, as the Prince will be marking Emergency Services Day.
The Duke will pay a visit to Dockhead Fire Station in South London, where he will meet with emergency responders and members of the public who have been lucky enough to receive life-saving support.
Later that day the Duke will hold a meeting at Kensington Palace where they will discuss suicide prevention within the emergency services community. This meeting will take place just one day before World Suicide Prevention Day on Friday (September 10).
In the latest reports, it is suggested that the Cambridge family are considering a move to Windsor and have already started looking for suitable residences in the area. This move will not only bring them closer to the Queen but might also show their growing role in the royal family and its decision making.
At the moment their base of operations is Kensington Palace, where they live and have their offices, with their country residence Anmer Hall in Norfolk being used as a get-away during weekends and holidays.
But now with the older two kids at school in London, it means Anmer Hall is a long way to go at weekends.
A source told the Mail on Sunday: “Anmer Hall made sense while William was a helicopter pilot in East Anglia and it was useful for Christmases at Sandringham, but it doesn’t really work anymore.
“It’s a little too far away for weekends, but Windsor is a perfect compromise. They are eyeing up options in the area.”