Prince William is accelerating preparations to take over his dad Prince Charles, Daily Star Online has discovered.
The Duke of Cambridge, 37, is readying himself to become heir to the throne when Charles takes over the Queen as King.
He is set to automatically inherit his dad’s title as well as his £1billion “Duchy of Cornwall” estate – a huge portfolio of land and property which provides income for the heir – when the day comes.
We previously revealed how he had been attending secret meetings of the Duchy as part of his preparations to step into his dad’s shoes.
But Daily Star Online has found he has recently attended yet another meeting, his fourth this year alone – more than ever before.
The meeting has been listed in the Royal Family’s official diary, called Court Circular, which shows he attended three such meetings in 2018, and just two in 2017.
William, who returned from a royal tour of Pakistan with wife Kate Middleton on Friday, attended this latest meeting on September 12.
The meetings are on matters relating to the Duchy of Cornwall estate, which Wills will inherit when he takes over his dad.
But the contents of the meetings are closely guarded and not revealed in the public domain.
The duchy owns around 134,000 acres of land in more than 23 counties in the UK and is allegedly valued at £1billion.
It reportedly generated Charles £20.5million last year, which Charles uses to fund his public, charitable and private activities.
He also uses it to cover the official expenses of his family – including Wills, Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Charlie Proctor, editor of Royal Central, had previously told Daily Star Online of William attending the meetings: “Just like Prince Charles is preparing to become King, William is already preparing to become Prince of Wales ready for the duties & responsibilities he will have to take on.
“As an example, William recently left his job as an air ambulance pilot to become a full time working royal. As time goes on his presence becomes ever more important meaning he has to commit all of his working time to royal duties.
“I think it is important to say that just like his father, William is also preparing to become King. There is no chance that William will be Prince of Wales for more than 60 years.
“As such, he must also learn the ropes because his time on the throne may come sooner rather than later.”
Charlie added: “William is preparing to become Prince of Wales (and King) through his current duties as second-in-line to the throne.
“He is championing causes he cares about, is holding meetings and audiences with various groups, and is being advised by senior aides.”
As well as becoming the Duke of Cornwall, it is also likely Charles – as King – will bestow upon Wills the title of Prince of Wales, which is traditionally given to the heir.