So why did Prince William reign on King Charles’s inaugural birthday parade? His first big interview on weekend of father’s inaugural parade ‘raised eyebrows’
Prince William’s decision to give his first big interview as heir to the throne on the weekend of his father’s inaugural King’s Birthday Parade has put the cat among the pigeons at the palace, I hear.
In the interview, with The Sunday Times, the Prince talked about his ambitions to ‘end’ homelessness and failed to mention King Charles’s efforts to provide social housing when he was in charge of the Duchy of Cornwall.
William caused further tensions by releasing a sweet Father’s Day photograph of him with his children in time for the Sunday papers.
‘The timing of the interview will certainly have raised eyebrows at Buckingham Palace,’ a senior former palace official tells me.
‘The interview and the Father’s Day picture have blown His Majesty off the front pages on the weekend of his first King’s Birthday Parade.
EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Prince William’s decision to give his first big interview as heir to the throne on the weekend of his father’s inaugural King’s Birthday Parade has put the cat among the pigeons at the palace, I hear
‘It could have been sequenced better, especially given that the Duchy social-housing initiative isn’t being launched for a while yet.’
Media management is a thorny subject in the Royal Family.
In his controversial memoir, Spare, Prince Harry claimed he and his brother, William, were restricted in how many public engagements they could undertake.
The King’s younger son wrote: ‘Pa and Camilla didn’t like Willy and Kate drawing attention away from them or their causes.
‘They’d openly scolded Willy about it many times.’
Harry referred to one occasion when his sister-in-law was scheduled to undertake an engagement at a tennis club on the same day Charles and Camilla were due to appear elsewhere at an official event.
The Prince and Princess of Wales depart the annual Order of the Garter Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
This had been strictly prohibited, Harry explained, because such a ‘fetching’ photo would ruin Charles and Camilla’s chances of being on the front page of the papers the following day.
He said: ‘That couldn’t be tolerated.
‘Told that it was too late to cancel the visit, Pa’s press officer warned: ‘Just make sure the Duchess doesn’t hold a tennis racquet in any of the photos’.’