Royal Family Rivalry Ends?

( – After commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, a friend of King Charles III said that the King’s relationship with his son Prince William is very strong right now, putting an end to their rivalry.

“If there was ever a green-eyed monster or a sense of rivalry between the two, that is a chapter of the past,” the friend said. “The King sees his son as a useful ally on family matters and increasingly in discharging the duties of nation and state,” they continued.

“When you are monarch, you’re not counting the column inches. You’re thinking about performing your role for your country, not just as King Charles but as ‘the family,’” the source continued.

41-year-old Prince William has stepped up in his royal duties as his 75-year-old father and his wife, 42-year-old Kate Middleton, both battle cancer. The Prince of Wales led the D-Day ceremony, while Charles missed the event for his treatments.

“He very much wants to support his father,” a source close to William stated. “That isn’t something new, but of course, with everything the King is going through with his treatment, he will continue to support him as much as he can.”

The Sunday Times noted the “importance” of William and Charles’ “strengthening bond,” especially with Prince Harry’s absences from royal events.

Moreover, the king and his eldest son are expected to appear together at other upcoming royal events, such as Trooping the Colour at the Horse Guards Parade on June 15 and the garter service at St George’s Chapel on June 17.

“William and [his wife] Kate [Middleton] would do things like give you two weeks off if your father died, while Charles’ office has a more workaholic vibe,” the source said.

However, insiders told the outlet that William will ultimately “respect” his father’s wishes—unlike his estranged and rebellious younger brother, who “would not do as [he] was told.”

Despite their different professional styles, Charles and William have shown a united front since Charles was crowned in May 2023, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022.

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