William and Kate may cause ‘serious blowback’ over tension with Team Crown

The Prince and Princess of Wales may be in for some serious blowback over their “Team Wales” workload, according to a royal expert.

So far this year, Kate Middleton has undertaken 45 solo engagements and 40 joint ventures with her husband Prince William.

In 2022, the Royal Family were involved in around 30% fewer engagements than usual, but William and Kate appear to be stepping up their workload.

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According to the Telegraphy, the pair are making “it clear that they intend to approach their new roles in their own way, focusing more on creating impact and legacy and less on ribbon-cutting appearances for appearances’ sake”.

In response to the Telegraph article, royal critic Daniela Elser wrote for News.com.au stating: “Which is all well and good, but how to balance that with the fact that Buckingham Palace surely can’t purge hundreds and hundreds of organisations from their patronage books without suffering from serious blowback?

"I suppose what lies at the heart of this situation is the tension between what is best for Team Wales and what is best for Team Crown."

Currently hundreds of charities and organisations that Queen Elizabeth was a patron of currently in “limbo” while they await review – but Elser claims the pair are at risk of serious blowback by choosing the legacy route.

Especially given that as Prince of Wales, Charles had more than 400 patronages; William today has 38.

While Queen Camilla has at least 90, Kate on the other hand only has 25.

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Elser added: "Royalty, so the argument goes, demands sacrifice, and maybe today that doesn’t mean leading one’s thanes into a heroic battle but an occasional away day to Huddersfield to make nice with a few aldermen and to pretend to enjoy planting a tree.

“I think in situations like this one, it’s best to ask yourself, what would the late Queen do?

“And I’d wager the answer would be, pretty much every time, choose another finger sandwich, scratch the closest corgi affectionately behind the ears and then get stuck in and get to work.”

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