The deep bond between Prince Philip and William will go beyond time: it guided him for the future of England, between teachings and precious life lessons.
Funeral of Prince Philip, the Royal Family dressed in mourning
Prince Philip was not only a grandfather to William, but a guide to the throne: he educated and supported him, prepared him to become the future King of England. No one knows for sure if Charles will become King after Queen Elizabeth, but what is sure, however, is that William, just like his father, had to deal with the ghost of the crown.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9, is already missing from court, not only to his beloved Lilibeth, but also to William and, although he is now in America with his wife Meghan Markle, Harry will also have to face his absence. According to the official biographers of the royals, Robert Lacey and Penny Junor, Philip tried to be more than just a grandfather during his life.
He longed for his grandchildren to know important values such as a sense of duty and loyalty to the crown. Robert Lacey explains that the Duke of Edinburgh played an essential part for William: "He prepared him to become King, he was like a coach." Another aspect that should not be underestimated is that it was the Duke himself who organized his nephew's lunches with Queen Elizabeth.
“They were his idea. Then, when the two began to talk about work, he apologized and quietly stepped aside, because he didn't want to interfere with his wife's institutional functions. " The behavior is not surprising: it is in line with what the newspapers reported after his disappearance. A man who led not England, but the Queen, her beloved Lilibeth, to always be impeccable and never collapse, even in difficulties.
Penny Junor also helped support Robert Lacey's thesis. “The Prince Consort left all his grandchildren elements of seriousness and fun. Harry, for example, inherited a strong sense of duty from him. " An important support for Harry and William, therefore, but we must not forget the role that Kate has taken in recent days.
The Duchess of Cambridge has now become fundamental for William and proved impeccable not only during Prince Philip's funeral, but also in the intention of wanting to reunite the two brothers. Undoubtedly, the credit for William's approval rating goes to Kate. His grandfather, the late Philip, on the other hand, will never be forgotten: after all, he trained him to be a king worthy of leading their country.
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