Charles’s wedding night, and also what the time table might be for William taking the throne

Why Was Prince Charles Upset with William and Kate Right After Their Wedding?

Their 2011 North America trip was at the center of it, according to a new biography.

Kate Middleton and Prince William kissed on the balcony at their wedding, but things became a little overwhelming for flower girl Grace Van Cutsem
Kate Middleton and Prince William kissed on the balcony at their wedding, but things became a little overwhelming for flower girl Grace Van Cutsem

Here is a new biography of Prince Charles out—Sally Bedell Smith’s Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life (that title re-jolts us each and every time)—and the tidbits and anecdotes from it continue to roll in.

Diana's personal designer says Charles was also reluctant to pay for her dresses
Diana’s personal designer says Charles was also reluctant to pay for her dresses

We have already learned, via the book, about Charles’s wedding night, and also what the time table might be for William taking the throne. Now the latest bit relates to Charles’s feelings about the great shining hope for the future of the royal family—the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge—and specifically his feelings right after the two were married in 2011.

Kate Middleton and Prince William kissed on the balcony at their wedding, but things became a little overwhelming for flower girl Grace Van Cutsem
Kate Middleton and Prince William kissed on the balcony at their wedding, but things became a little overwhelming for flower girl Grace Van Cutsem

Per Bedell Smith’s account, Charles was not pleased when Kate and William ventured to Canada and Los Angeles two months after their wedding in 2011 for a series of events tailor-made for dazzling photo ops (they were in cowboy hats! They were in glam Hollywood attire! And so on . . .).

The Queen travels with her son, Prince Charles, and his wife, Duchess Camilla Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
The Queen travels with her son, Prince Charles, and his wife, Duchess Camilla Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Charles, again according to Bedell Smith, felt that the tour was “tasteless” (yikes!) and he was “more than a little irked,” as he felt that the young pair were essentially treating the royal tour like their private vacation. (They had been allowed to take on a more relaxed itinerary, with the guidance of the Canadian secretary to the Queen, and did not have a particularly formalized schedule while in North America.)

Royal writer Phil Dampier had explained to the Mirror in 2011 that there was likely some jealousy on Charles’s part, as he and Camilla, when they had ventured to Canada, had not been greeted by fanfare as intense as that which surrounded William and Kate during their visit. “Charles felt overshadowed by Diana and now it seems he feels overshadowed by their son. Some people may think he is jealous. I have always felt that as soon as William got married, Charles would feel sidelined.”

Prince Charles with Prince George and Prince William Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Prince Charles with Prince George and Prince William Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

All these book details are no doubt making for some awkward breakfasts at the palace this week. “Kate, should we cancel on my dad for lunch, or . . .?” “I don’t know, William,” she responds, handing George his toast. “I really don’t know.”

Source: vanityfair com

Tags: Prince William, Kate Middleton, Marriage, Wedding, Prince Charles

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