Glimpses into the family life of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, are fleeting at best.
The couple, who celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary the other day, are known to prioritize their three young children and protect their privacy.
But they opened up – a bit – on April 29, ten years to the day since their wedding at Westminster Abbey, posting a short video full of family fun at the beach, roasting marshmallows and taking a spin on the swing.
“We are extremely grateful for the 10 years of support we have received in our family life,” they wrote on Twitter when setting up the 39-second video, which was viewed 1.2 million people. time.
Although the video focuses on their families – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – there is also a feeling that William, 38, and Kate, 39, could increase the time they spend at work. royal. This seems particularly possible given that other senior members of the royal family – including Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, as well as Prince Andrew – have stepped down from their official duties.
Royal author and biographer Penny Junor suspects William and Kate of trying to balance the two.
“The family is extremely important to both of them – they know that security in a child’s early years is crucial – but they also recognize that royal work is important, especially when the family lacks key players,” said Junor declared by email.
” Therefore [it’s] a tough juggling act, but they seem like a very secure couple with very happy family lives and exceptionally good work ethics. ”
This work ethic has been called into question at times over the past decade, with media murmurs from time to time about how they really work. But those questions faded away.
For Kate in particular, the focus is increasingly on the issues she has made a priority, especially early childhood development.
Kate’s transition into the royal family is also felt to have been careful and gradual, and in contrast to how William’s mother Diana found the experience of joining the family. She later complained that she received little advice or praise as she settled into her role.
“Kate has gained confidence in the past 10 years since she married William,” said Junor. “She really settled into her role and established herself as a role model as a mother and royal wife. “
Even though the video posted for their birthday offers glimpses of their family enjoying the playtime, there is also a feeling that it was a carefully crafted impression that they chose to share.
“By publicizing their happy family life, William and Kate are following a clear royal path,” author Matthew Dennison wrote in The Telegraph.
Dennison traces this path two centuries back, to public representations of the family life of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who would have nine children.
“The vignettes of their off-duty life that the Cambridges share with the public invariably portray them as a loving couple and devoted parents, casually dressed, without the attributes of royal status,” Dennison said.
In this, Dennison sees “a new embodiment of a concept that Victoria and Albert zealously adopted 200 years ago, which led to [political analyst] Well-known thought from Walter Bagehot: “A family on the throne is an interesting idea. This brings the pride of sovereignty down to the level of small life. “”
Happy family times weren’t William and Kate’s only video offering in recent days.
They also launched a YouTube channel this week, with the first video focusing primarily on multiple glimpses of them on official duties over the years. The 25-second clip has garnered 2.3 million views since it went live on Wednesday.
More from Mike
For some time now, there has been a feeling that the Royal Family is undergoing a streamlining from their upper echelons when it comes to official functions.
Part of it is believed to be part of a larger vision for the future – and the idea that Prince Charles is ultimately looking to a select group of royals to move the house forward. from Windsor when his time comes to follow his mother, Queen Elizabeth. , on the throne.
This is in part a function of the circumstances – Prince Harry and Meghan have stepped down from their official duties, as has Prince Andrew, following his disastrous interview with the BBC regarding his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
When it comes to figuring out which family members could step up and do more, the list has become relatively short: along with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, there are Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, along with William and Kate.
Nowhere on the list is Mike Tindall.
And while there is nothing official to suggest that Princess Anne’s daughter’s husband, Zara, takes on a specific roster of new duties, it has been interesting to see him appear more often recently.
Tindall, 42, took part in an online discussion about Parkinson’s disease with the Duchess of Gloucester that was posted the other day. Tindall’s father has Parkinson’s disease and has long supported efforts to help people with the disease.
🎥 Earlier this month, the Duchess and Mike spoke via video call to thank caregivers, volunteers and researchers in the Parkinson’s community. About 145,000 people in the UK are living with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive neurological disease. pic.twitter.com/urdUdVfaZ1
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In a recent interview with the BBC, where Tindall also spoke about the impact of Parkinson’s disease, he offered a family perspective on the recent death of Zara’s grandfather, Prince Philip.
Tindall said Queen Elizabeth bravely mourned her husband and was “amazing” at his funeral.
A former England rugby player, Tindall is no stranger to media gossip. It is part of a laddish podcast – The good, the bad and the rugby – which has also become an unexpected source of some royal news in recent months.
News broke on the podcast late last year that he and Zara were expecting their third child. A few months later, Tindall broke the happy news that son Lucas had arrived, but not quite as expected – with Zara giving birth on their bathroom floor.
Happy Birthday – to Louis, Charlotte and Archie
Royal social media channels recently offered a number of photos to mark the group’s birthdays among young royals in late April and early May.
Public glimpses of children are relatively rare, so photos sometimes become stories on their own.
Prince Louis turned three on April 23 and his older sister Charlotte turned six on May 2.
In both cases, and following what has become a tradition in their family, birthdays were marked by photos taken by their mother, Kate.
Louis was captured on his bike as he left for his first day of preschool, and Charlotte’s photo was a close-up.
Three tomorrow! 🚲
Taken earlier this week by the Duchess ahead of her departure for her first day of nursery, the Duke and Duchess are happy to share a new image of Prince Louis. 🎈 pic.twitter.com/AGgfLI39tW
Their cousin, Archie, turned two on May 6. His parents Prince Harry and Meghan posted a sepia-toned photo of Archie taken from the back and holding a bunch of balloons on their website.
In a post on the website, Harry and Meghan urged people to “join us in championing vaccine fairness on Archie’s birthday.”
“It is clear that reconciliation, equality and mutual understanding cannot be taken for granted and will require sustained courage and commitment. – Queen Elizabeth, in a May 2 message marking the centenary of Northern Ireland.
- Prince Charles says the royal family was “Moved” about how the military carried out their duties at the funeral of her father, Prince Philip. [ITV]
- Death certificate of the Duke of Edinburgh recorded her cause of death as “old age”. [The Independent]
- Prince Harry called for COVID-19 vaccines to be “Distributed to everyone everywhere” at a star-studded charity concert in Los Angeles. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also appeared on video during the event. [BBC]
- Meghan is publishing her first picture book for children, The bench, which is inspired by Harry and Archie. Her too won the remainder of its privacy claim against a British press group. [CBC, BBC]
- Christopher Geidt was Queen Elizabeth’s private secretary for a decade. Now the former army intelligence officer, who has been described as charming and suave, has a new role: advisor on ethical standards to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. [The Guardian]
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