Following Prince Philip’s retirement announcement on Thursday, a ton of articles have come out about Philip and the future for Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry. This article covers just a few of them.
Firstly, a heartwarming visit from Harry: Harry made a surprise hospital visit to one of the 2016 WellChild Award recipients, six-year-old Ollie Carroll, spending about an hour with him and his sister. [Express]
William joined The Queen to host Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and the Union Minister for Foreign Affairs of Burma, at Buckingham Palace on Friday. [Telegraph]
There has been lots of talk of the other royals stepping up to fill the void left by Philip.
Rebecca English’s take on “Team Windsor”:
“After long conversations with the Queen and other members of the family – including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who agreed to move down to London this autumn to take on more royal duties as a result – Philip made up his mind. Aides say there will be ‘absolutely no change’ to the Queen’s schedule. Sources say the monarch, who turned 91 last month, will continue to undertake solo public engagements. But Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and the Earl and Countess of Wessex will accompany her to more official events. Palace insiders are referring to the new set-up as ‘Team Windsor’.
“The news will also increase pressure on the younger members of the Royal Family – William, Kate and Harry – to do
more. Philip carried out more days of public engagements last year – 110 – than Harry (86) or William (80). Bottom of the list was Kate, with just 63.
“A source said: ‘The Queen is well used to doing engagements on her own. Equally, however, there is quite a bit of recent precedent with her doing engagements with family members, who aren’t the Duke of Edinburgh, and you will see more of that. It is also fair to say you will see other members of the Royal Family supporting and reinforcing the Queen’s official work. We are going to see a kind of Team Windsor supporting the Queen.'”
Katie Nicholl’s take on “Team Windsor”:
“At the Palace, timing is everything, and this period of transition has been pre-mediated and meticulously planned for. It is no coincidence that the Duke of Cambridge announced that he will be stepping down as an air ambulance pilot earlier this year. I revealed a year ago that the Duke is moving his family back to Kensington Palace in London later this summer when things will change significantly for the family. Up until now, they have enjoyed a sheltered life in Norfolk juggling their family with royal duties and their charitable commitments. Now their workload is set to increase substantially. […] But it is not just patronages the young royals are taking on but more responsibility. They will be expected to accompany the Queen, tour the Commonwealth realms on her behalf, and step in as consorts on occasions. While the Duke [of Edinburgh] won’t disappear from public life completely, he will be in the picture far less.
“Says a source: ‘William Kate and Harry will all be expected to take on some of the organizations their grandfather will eventually hand over, but in the immediate future, they will be expected to support the Queen while she is on duty. They are going to be more high profile because quite simply there’s work to be done.’
“At Kensington Palace, aides say that the couple have slowly been increasing their workload and that the Duke’s decision to leave the air ambulance was motivated by his desire to support the Queen. According to one courtier, ‘It has been an organic process.’ William and his wife will be stepping up their official number of engagements ‘considerably’ from this summer onward, and if Friday’s appearance is anything to go by, then we can expect to see Prince William by his grandmother’s side more often.”