And in a twist of irony that reverberates through the corridors of Buckingham Palace, Prince William has acted ever so slightly in defiance of royal expectation. While the pressures of royal duties continue to mount and issues with the health of his father King Charles still persist, the Prince of Wales remains clear on his decision to put family first over the crown.
It comes after an announcement from Kensington Palace last month, which had initially won plaudits for showing Prince William to be a man dedicated to his wife, Kate Middleton, and the three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
The situation has dramatically changed now, though, considering the diagnosis of King Charles and his still ongoing battle with a form of cancer, something that is still pretty much kept in the dark from the public.
Royal Duty Dilemma
At 75, such health struggles by the monarch would naturally have seen expectations that Prince William would fill more of these royal duties.
But the heir apparent is now showing a pronounced reluctance to fill more royal duties, with the decision having reportedly left palace aides both surprised and baffled. Picking up this development, Roya Nikkah of The Times reported that there was no direct pressure being put on Prince William to increase his royal duties.
However, the firmness in his stand to maintain the balancing of timetable has left the members of the royal family in wonderment. Nikkah said this developing drama would be a severe test of the royal family's renowned sense of duty, a principle repeatedly stressed by palace aides.
It's one of those bigger narratives in the royal family—how one tugs between serving the public but trying to have a normal life, almost like a tug of war, which has been such a consistent theme throughout the modern royals.
The role currently being enacted by Prince William is supposedly reflective not only of his values but also indicative of a turning point in royal protocol, reflective of a more modern way of dealing with the intricate demands of royal life.