It is not a surprise for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to reply and send thank you cards to fans who have written to them, but that may soon change-a future change that hasn’t gotten the best reaction from their fans. Twitter account British_RoyalReplies has shared a letter that was sent to a fan on behalf of the royal couple on September 30th, thanking them for all their well-wishes before the royal couple took part in the King’s Cup regatta.
In the note, it further explains the decision for the royal couple to cut back on the number of letters they reply to, in order to focus more on significant occasions such as Christmas and birthdays. The letter read: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greatly appreciate all the messages that are sent in celebration of special events. However, with limited resources available to handle the growing volume of cards they receive, Their Royal Highnesses will now focus on responding to a select number of these occasions such as Christmas, birthdays and significant anniversaries.”
The fans were quick to share their opinion on Cambridge’s decision, especially on Twitter, with one writing: “Seems sensible. They spent over £1million in postage/stationery last year plus staff and time/cost,” while another wrote: “I’m not surprised, they must get mountains and if this stops it then that saves quite a few trees too from fans sending stuff and the replies going back, plus all the other added costs. Just makes the replies people have more precious.” Understandably, fans were unhappy to hear they won’t be getting any more letters, with a fan writing: “Bit sad about that as I enjoy receiving mail from them but that’s understandable.”
It seems that the Cambridges wont be the only royals that will change the way they interact with their fans, as the same message was shared by Clarence House, who is in charge of answering all the mail from well-wishers not only for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and of course, for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This change will most likely also affect those sending messages to the Queen and Prince Phillip, along with other members of the royal family.
This decision comes just as the Cambridge couple are preparing for their next big royal engagement. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be on a four-day visit to Pakistan, from 14-18th of October, where they will meet with lots of important people, as well as the community. This trip comes at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth office.
The couple will be going solo, leaving behind their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at home at Kensington Palace. On the topic of the tour, Kensington Palace said in a statement earlier this month: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Pakistan between Monday 14th and Friday 18th October, at the request of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This will be Their Royal Highnesses’ first official visit to Pakistan.
“Whilst The Duke and Duchess’s programme will pay respect to the historical relationship between Britain and Pakistan, it will largely focus on showcasing Pakistan as it is today – a dynamic, aspirational and forward-looking nation. From the modern leafy capital Islamabad to the vibrant city of Lahore, the mountainous countryside in the North, and the rugged border regions to the West, the visit will span over 1000km, and will take in Pakistan’s rich culture, its diverse communities, and its beautiful landscapes.”