There are plenty of royal fans who wish the line of succession would magically change, skipping the less popular Prince Charles in favor of his oldest son, Prince William. But that seems so unlikely now that Charles has literally been waiting 70 years for his shot at being king. And in light of some recent information, there’s a chance that Prince William wouldn’t even want that.
It sounds like a coveted position in theory, but in the real world, Prince Harry has gone on record saying that “no one really wants to be king.” Still, it’s a little surprising to find out that Prince William might be actively rebelling against royal duties and making it clear he’s not ready to become the reigning monarch yet.
Prince William doesn’t attend as many royal engagements
Obviously the Duke of Cambridge never came out and said that he didn’t want to become king. But royal followers can’t help but notice that his actions are speaking louder than words. Even though he’s younger and has more energy than some other royal family members, Prince William participated in fewer royal events this year compared to other working royals.
Princess Anne tops the list as the hardest working royal, participating in an incredible 122 engagements this year. Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth attended 113 — even though she’s 93 years old. Up next was Prince Charles with 108 events and then Prince Andrew, who did 88 engagements. Prince Edward takes fifth place at 73 royal appearances.
Even Prince Harry has appeared at more royal events (60) compared to the future king Prince William, who has only done 55.
Critics wonder if he’s interested in the working royal life
Though his parents didn’t make a big deal about it when he was younger, everyone in the royal family has either subtly or overtly been preparing Prince William for his future role as king since he was young. It’s a destiny he was always meant to fulfill.
But Prince William’s slower schedule this year has royal critics questioning his commitment and interest in the role. The anti-monarchy group Republic put things bluntly, saying: “How can the monarchy survive when the younger generation can’t be bothered to do even the light workload of their parents? It’s not working like the rest of us know it… Their hours include watching sports matches and theatre.”
They continued, wondering, “But the real question these figures raise is does William want to be king? Or is he just doing the bare minimum to keep his family happy in the hope he can have his cake and eat it?”
Prince William will become king one way or the other
Even if he’s not thrilled to become king, it’s clear that Prince William is duty-bound and determined to follow tradition. It’s rumored that “abdicate” is one of the most hated words in the royal family, and it’s not likely that Prince William will be giving up his role to live a different life.
Plus, the Duke of Cambridge has some time to get used to the idea once his father becomes king. Given the genetics in the royal family, there’s a good chance that Prince Charles will live and reign well into his 90s, giving William ample time to increase his number of engagements and get ready to become the monarch he was meant to be.