Camilla has been ‘instrumental’ in Prince Charles becoming closer to his sons, claims royal expert

Camilla has been ‘instrumental’ in Prince Charles becoming closer to Prince William, who is ‘very grateful’ to the Duchess for persuading her husband to prioritise family, claims royal expert

  • Camilla reportedly ‘instrumental’ in Prince Charles becoming closer to his sons  
  • William ‘grateful’ that she has urged Charles to ‘put family high on the agenda’
  • Katie Nicholl said William is thankful for his stepmother’s approach to family life

The Duchess of Cornwall has been ‘instrumental’ in Prince Charles becoming closer to his sons – and Prince William is ‘very grateful’ that she has encouraged her husband to ‘put family high on the agenda’, a royal expert has claimed.

Royal commentator Katie Nicholl told 9Honey that the Duke of Cambridge, 40, is thankful for his stepmother’s approach to family life.

She said: ‘Camilla’s very much, behind the scenes, been quite instrumental in Charles becoming closer to both of his sons.

‘I actually think the boys recognise not only that Camilla has been good for their father, made him a happier, more contented man in later life, I think they also probably acknowledge that she’s had a lot to do with putting family high on the agenda for Charles.

‘… And I think certainly William is very grateful to Camilla for that because Charles is now making a lot more time in his life for his grandchildren.’

The Duchess of Cornwall has been ¿instrumental' in Prince Charles becoming closer to his sons - and Prince William (pictured with Prince Charles) is 'very grateful' that she has encouraged her husband to ¿put family high on the agenda¿, a royal expert has claimed

The Duchess of Cornwall has been ‘instrumental’ in Prince Charles becoming closer to his sons – and Prince William (pictured with Prince Charles) is ‘very grateful’ that she has encouraged her husband to ‘put family high on the agenda’, a royal expert has claimed

Royal commentator Katie Nicholl told 9Honey that the Duke of Cambridge, 40, is thankful for his stepmother¿s (pictured) approach to family life

Royal commentator Katie Nicholl told 9Honey that the Duke of Cambridge, 40, is thankful for his stepmother’s (pictured) approach to family life

The expert explained how Camilla, who is mother to Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes, loves being a grandmother and ‘reminds’ her husband, the Prince of Wales, 73, not to miss out on time with his loved ones.

Yet the royal author admitted that the relationship between Prince William and his stepmother hasn’t always been easy for ‘very obvious reasons’.

But she insisted that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge now have a good and warm bond with Charles and Camilla.

However, since Prince Harry stepped away from his royal duties, the royal expert confessed that she now wasn’t sure what his feeling was towards the Duchess of Cornwall – especially after he stayed silent following the announcement she would be made Queen Consort.

Yet Ms Nicholl said the Duke of Sussex, 37, was ‘very grateful to Camilla for making [his wife] Meghan [Markle] feel so welcome in the family’. 

Elsewhere, the Duchess is the cover star of the Country Life magazine after asking a photographer she knows well to take the image - the Duchess of Cambridge

Elsewhere, the Duchess is the cover star of the Country Life magazine after asking a photographer she knows well to take the image – the Duchess of Cambridge

While his brother Harry stayed silent on the matter, the Duke of Cambridge was said to be ‘supportive’ of the Queen’s move to make his stepmother Queen Consort. 

William was not part of the decision-making process, the Daily Mail understands, but is ‘respectful’ of the logic of his grandmother’s decision.

Sources said that while William and Camilla’s was not an easy relationship at first – or indeed for a number of years after her marriage to his father – the second in line to the throne is pragmatic about her role in his father’s life and, now, the future of the monarchy.

‘The duke is supportive,’ a well-placed palace source confirmed to the Daily Mail.

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