The titles that King Charles III bestowed on Friday to his eldest son, William, and William’s wife, Catherine, bridged two distinct eras of the royal family.
Called Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Catherine will assume the same titles as King Charles III and his first wife, Diana, an official acknowledgment of the legacy of the so-called woman. “Princess of the People”. Shortly after they received their new title, a palace official said the pair were “focused on deepening the trust and respect of the Welsh people over time”.
The official, who declined to be named, added that the prince and princess will approach their roles “in the humble and humble way they have approached their jobs before.” Catherine especially “appreciates the history attached to this role but understandably she’ll want to look to the future as she forges her own path.”
A global phenomenon in the age of tabloids, Diana was described in 2020 by Roslyn Sulcas in The Times as “an idyllic figure who is both approachable and enigmatic”. Her death – in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997, a year after her divorce from Prince Charles – sent Britain into a spiral of grief, but the royal family fell into disrepair. cold state.
Queen Elizabeth II had a strained relationship with Diana. She initially refused to allow Union Jack to fly half a foot over Buckingham Palace when Diana died, then changed course. She insisted it was her responsibility to comfort Diana’s sons, William, 15, and Harry, 12.
Diana and Charles both admitted to extramarital affairs, and Charles went on to marry his longtime love, Camilla Parker Bowles, after Diana’s death.
Jenni Russell, a journalist for The Times of London, wrote in an editorial published by The Times in 2017: “After Diana, the royal family accepted that modern marriage must be based on compatibility. understanding and loving. Camilla; Obviously they are happy. The next generation is free.”