In recent years, Prince William ‘had something of a mind shift’ about being king

Duke of Cambridge meets ambulance staff

Prince William turns 38 years old on the 20th. He’s almost 40 years old and he’s still behaving like *this*. Petty, childish, competitive with his brother, the same brother whom William successfully exiled. And now that all of the attention is on Work-Shy William and his family, what will happen? I expect additional shady articles, I expect more PR blunders like the Tatler debacle. The press is going to yank William’s royal chain often. It will be interesting to see. But for now, Katie Nicholl is earning her paycheck by talking up Future King William and how he has only recently become keen to be king.

Prince William’s birthday will reportedly be ‘tinged with sadness’ as he won’t be able to see his father, Prince Charles. The Duke of Cambridge, 37, has been isolating at Amner Hall,Norfolk, with Kate Middleton, 38, Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, two, since March – while Prince Charles, 71, has just returned to Clarence House after spending the last few months with Camilla at Balmoral in Scotland.

And now royal expert Katie Nicholl has revealed that William, who turns 38 on Sunday, is ‘upset’ at not being able to see his extended family on the day. Charles and William both attended their first socially distanced royal engagements in London yesterday.

According to reports, William, who will spend the day with his family at Amner Hall, has had a ‘mind shift’ about becoming the King one day, and has grown closer to Charles in recent years due to their common ground. Katie told Ok! Magazine: ‘I know that William has told his friends that he’s loved spending so much time with the children in lockdown, but that’s been coupled with the sadness that he’s not seeing his father. Charles and William have become much closer in recent years. In fact, I’ve been told by someone who knows them both very well that William has had something of a mind shift. Where the notion of becoming king one day used to overwhelm him, he’s now more than ready and has found common ground with his father in that. Their destiny is something that now connects them.’

[From The Daily Mail]

“I’ve been told by someone who knows them both very well that William has had something of a mind shift. Where the notion of becoming king one day used to overwhelm him, he’s now more than ready…” That’s been consistent in reporting for the past few years. All it took was Harry marrying Meghan, and suddenly William was ALL ABOUT being king. Suddenly, he was so, so keen. I mean, he still doesn’t want to do the work of preparing to be a monarch. But he absolutely wants the power and privilege, especially when it means he can hurt, abuse, smear and exile Harry and Meghan. It’s weird how that “mind shift” happened just as Harry and Meghan were clearly the most popular royals. Anyway, regarding William’s relationship with Charles… my guess is that father and son are still quite strained with each other. Which is a whole other thing.


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  1. Laalaa says:

    Are you going to write about the fact H&M didn’t get the Archewell name approved for registration? (I trust Celebitchy, not the other gossip sources)
    As for Wills, I like him and I like Kate, so that’s my flaw, I guess.

    • Becks1 says:

      That’s false, so probably not.

      • Mumbles says:

        Actually it’s true. See Ginger’s explanation below.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        Being under review doesn’t mean outright failure, which is clearly what you and Laalaa are trying to imply 🙄

      • Becks1 says:

        @Beach Dreams – exactly. Its under review. The Independent even posted something basically calling out the tabloids as being wrong.

      • you *really* gotta get this right. They have until August 27th or so I believe to get their trademarks in order. Right now I think the pandemic and complications that followed put them temporarily off track. Give it til then to gloat.

    • Ginger says:

      It’s just under review because it is too vague. It’s common to go back and forth with trademarks. They have to address the errors by August 22nd. Once they do, they will fine.

    • Lizzie says:

      Clearly not in this thread, please read the headline and stop trying to hijack the conversion.

      Although if we are making suggestions I nominate discussing Kate’s embarrassing sermon about kindness. Surprised she wasn’t struck by lightning.

    • Bohemian Angel says:

      @LaaLaa, so you like racist bullies…. okaaay… nuff said!

  2. AprilMay says:

    I don’t believe for a second that there’s been any change in their relationship. The reporting on it changed around the time of The Sussex wedding. Beforehand things were as tense as always between Charles and William and then ,after Charles walked Meghan down the aisle and they visited him in Scotland, it changed. All of a sudden they were close and everything was fine and dandy. This is more of the same. Don’t believe for a second will cared about seeing Charles any day let alone his birthday.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      The only thing Bill Cambridge is keen on is Rose Bush cultivation.

      I would really love to know the truth about Charles’ relationships with his sons.

    • Nic919 says:

      A few days ago it was mentioned that Camilla had seen her grandkids. But silence on the Cambridges. So that tells you how close they are.

  3. Becks1 says:

    My reaction about seeing this post title was – “yeah, we could tell, William.” Maybe as the queen has gotten older he feels he has more influence and likes that? But he’s definitely gone from “poor me, I have to be king” to “I’M GONNA BE KING YOU MOTHER-F***KERS!!!”

    • Seraphina says:

      Becks, I think it’s the power that he realizes he will have. He sees it and it has tempted him and he likes what he sees. Lord help them all.

    • M Narang says:

      💯 this! The “William should be the next monarch because he’s more popular than Charles” came from Wills’ camp after all.

    • Tessa says:

      I recall Some anti Harry Meghan bloggers hoped William could get his hands on the Duchy money and “punish” Harry. So gross.

      • Harla says:

        Yet another reason why I’m very hopeful that by the time William becomes the PoW, the Sussex’s will be financially independent and secure and no longer needing anything from any member of the BRF.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think that was a big reason why Harry wanted to get out NOW. Although at that point, when William becomes Duke of Cornwall (the money is from the duchy and has nothing to do with being PoW), Harry would still get his funding from his father. I don’t think he would be dependent on William until Charles died. But I think he decided to get a head start now.

      • plot says:

        Harry has a pile of money from Diana’s estate, don’t forget. William can’t do anything about that.

      • notasugarhere says:

        That was why the Queen and Charles agreeing to fund a new Household for Harry and Meghan in March 2019 was so interesting. They were protecting Harry and Meghan from William by moving the Sussexes to Sovereign Grant funding. That’s where they should have been all along.

    • Nic919 says:

      Yes there have been many stories promoting the future future king during this pandemic. Christian Jones has to earn his keep somehow.

  4. KellyRyan says:

    And I thought the mind change was due to W’s desire to never be king. :) He, like, Dumpty cannot find his way out. Still looking forward to the end of the monarchy, 20 years or less.

    Without W entering into therapy, acknowledging his behavior, there won’t be a relationship between H & W. Harry’s first priorities, and far far away from the kingdom of doom, are his wife, baby and his own life.

  5. Va Va Kaboom says:

    Well, it could be worse… they could’ve inbred a Habsburg Jaw instead of the Windsor Withering Hairline.

  6. Harper says:

    Becoming king is the only currency Wills has now to lord over his brother. And his brother don’t care. Harry has worldwide popularity, a hot Hollywood wife whom he adores and who adores him back, his own sweet little butterball of a son, respected charity initiatives to his credit, and year-round sunshine in California.

    Wills has the same life of duty ahead of him that he has always been unenthusiastic about, a wife whom he appears to be unenthusiastic about, and kids that he complains about. The only thing that Wills is ever enthusiastic about is sports. And if he’s feeling a twinge of sadness about not being with Charles, he has Carole’s lap to put his head down on and cry.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      “The only thing that Wills is ever enthusiastic about is sports.”

      @Harper – You left out Rose Bush gardening.

      • Harper says:

        You are right–I momentarily blanked on the Marchioness. So in that regard, I must add that Wills is also enthusiastic about threatening lawsuits whenever he is linked to Rose in print.

      • FicklePickle says:

        Among aristocrats having affairs and not getting caught by the public (and preferably not the wife or the husband) is a competitive sport.

  7. Digital Unicorn says:

    Story was Willileaks made more of an effort with his father when he saw how close H&M became with him in the lead up to the Sussex wedding – the petty man child didn’t like it so start making more of an effort, Chuck even got to spend more time with the Cambridge children (which we all know is something Chuck had complained to the press about – how his access was not as open as Dowager Duchess Carole’s).

    William hasn’t finished burning those bridges with his brother – he’ll be on at his father to cut funding the the Sussex’s unless they continue to let William use them.

  8. Mumbles says:

    I remember hearing stories about William as a child where he told kids at school that he was going to be king some day and used that to boss them around and pull rank. Now, he was just a kid, but the fact is he’s been told all his life he’s going to be king. This isn’t a situation where Elizabeth’s father ascended to the throne under bizarre circumstances nobody could predict, and reportedly didn’t want to be king (shy, perfectly happy outside the limelight). Point being he’s had decades to process this and frankly, seems to have enjoyed that (other than the work it would entail.)

    At the risk of being morbid I’m not sure anyone appreciated how late Charles would ascend to the throne and thought that William would have more “training time” as Prince of Wales than he’s going to end up having. If the monarchy survives to him, he’s not going to have had a lot of experience. Queen Elizabeth didn’t either but she didn’t have his aversion to work or petulant personality.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Diana once said (paraphrasing): Harry is not the one I am worried about, it’s William who is my biggest problem.

    • NoWords says:

      Would you be able to give sources for that or tell me how I could find some? I tried looking stuff about it up but all I got were articles like, “Princes William and Harry recall HEARTBREAKING moments with Diana” and other garbage. I’d be curious to see what she said.

      • BonnieT says:

        Literally google “Diana said Harry would be a better king” and you’ll get a flood of results, some more credible than others, on this topic.

    • Nic919 says:

      The Queen Mother also made sure to treat him differently than the other great grand kids as well. She was a piece of work and added to the mess of personality disorders in that family.

      Once Diana died there was no one to treat William as equal to his brother and then his future mother in law basically continued the sycophantic treatment which has only made things worse.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Yes, Billy the Basher used to hit other kids and threaten to chop off their heads. Sly, manipulative, willful, abusive and he hasn’t changed. Whereas Diana used to call Harry ‘Good King Henry’ behind his back because she felt he was better suited to the role.

    • val says:

      No guarantee Willy will become king. I’m still hoping the British public come to their senses before then and boot the lot of them out before that.

  9. Priscila says:

    I would like a van on reporting anything Katie Nichols writes. It is always so dull, do obviously Willie approved fanfic…

  10. Beach Dreams says:

    It’s the only thing that makes William special. There is absolutely nothing about him as a person that is interesting or appealing to the masses and it enrages him. If it didn’t, he wouldn’t be such an ass towards his brother and his sister in law.

  11. Lauren says:

    I remember reading an article quite recently on a mostly trustworthy Italian newspaper that claimed that relations during the Keens and Charles was still rather strained. It said that it was mostly due to Hard working CEO and Penis with teeth not allowing Charles any time with the kids and Carole always hanging about. We have heard this before, but I thought that it was rather strange reading about it on an Italian paper with no other mention around it on other media.

  12. Lizzie says:

    This was William’s ploy when he was younger to get his way. Threaten to walk away if he couldn’t get whatever he wanted. Worked like a charm. He was always called a brat as a child and still is.

  13. Mtec says:

    “William, who turns 38 on Sunday, is ‘upset’ at not being able to see his extended family on the day.”

    —Umm… so let me get this straight, he can risk it by going to PR photo-ops without a mask, but not to see his own extended family?—Just another excuse as always.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I think is is because the family is scattered: Charles in London with President Macron, QEII at Windsor, Billy & Cathy at Anmer, etc., etc….

    • Harper says:

      Wills can hop on a private plane if it is really making him sad being away from his daddy on his birthday. But he probably has plans for an afternoon walk with Rose on Sunday so he has to stick around Norfolk.

    • Nic919 says:

      Camilla saw her grandkids and they weren’t in Scotland with her. Billy just likes to be pitied.

  14. Sofia says:

    Being King is quite frankly, the only thing William has going for him. It’s not like he’s got successful projects and a wife with successful projects of her own.

    He’s probably realised that and is using that in any/every way he can, because like I said: it’s the only thing he’s got

  15. TheOriginalMia says:

    Of course, William is feeling himself. It’s all he’s got. He’ll be king. He’ll have more money than anyone else in the family. Except it’s not a given the monarchy will even survive past the Queen’s death. I have a feeling that William will never be king and that’ll crush him because then his whole life will have been for nothing. No one really respects him. They respect the title and if he’s not king or royal anymore, what is he?

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I also think William won’t be King, not because the BRF will end after TQ but because he will be engulfed in a scandal so bad that will be force to give up his place in the succession – the BRF is ruthless and it as an institution will do what is necessary to survive.

      William is his generations Duke of Windsor, just like Andrew is his generations. William acts like a man who has much to hide.

      • Betsy says:

        I rather agree with this. He’s just so ill suited for the (ceremonial) role: he doesn’t want to do any work, ever. He’s petty to an unbelievable degree.

  16. Bevvie says:

    He looks really dumb and immature in some of these photos. He looks about as regal as Dumpf.

    • Betsy says:

      It’s so weird to see the echoes of Diana’s beauty in his face… and then that smarmy sneer just ruining the effect.

  17. Jay says:

    It’s interesting to me see how this narrative seems to echo that of QEII and her sister, with the Queen being praised for stoically accepting her duty (which she did in her late twenties, btw Will). I don’t know if that was really the case or not, I expect the reality was much more complicated than portrayed on TV or in books, but I could see William or others around him drawing the comparison in the way they speak about him “finally realizing” his responsibilities etc.

  18. ABritGuest says:

    Captain obvious strikes again. William became a full time royal just 3 years ago& has started doing more investitures, getting top briefings etc so yeah fits that he’s preparing more for top job. And that Shipman article last year said he was reaching out to top editors as he is preparing for his reign. The monarchy is really tied to the Queen’s image because of her long reign so they will need their press buddies to prop them up.

  19. MJM says:

    Isn’t it Anmer Hall not Amner?

  20. February Pisces says:

    Can you imaging if it was harry who was going to be king and William was the spare. His jealousy and inferiority complex would be off the charts. William needs the ego boost more that harry. Willie doesn’t know how to create self worth himself, his only achievement was that he was born first. I don’t think anyone wants William to be king behind closed doors, he’s too stubborn, difficult and lazy, there’s no way those courtiers would be able to handle him once he’s in charge.

    • Pink says:

      It must be really bizarre to grow up with everyone fawning over you because one day you’ll be king, even if it is largely ceremonial. I’m not surpr he’s as entitled as he is, he prob thinks he doesn’t need to work for anyt because hey, he’s the future king so he’ll get what he wants. I can’t even imagine how that would mess with your head as a kid let alone all the other nonsense that goes with that family.

  21. The Recluse says:

    I really do hope these two will be the finish of the Monarchy in Great Britain.
    Let those main royal residences become museums and lesser ones hotels.

  22. RoyalBlue says:

    i hate when they start leaking how ready they are to be king and queen! you are second in line Wikileaks, take two seats in the back row.

  23. Nothankyou says:

    Actually his birthday is on the 21st, not the 20th (same as me).

  24. Awkward symphony says:

    This loser has no accomplishments whatsoever and can only use a (not definitive) future role. With the protests continuing to demand an end to glorify slave owning figures, it’s only time before BRF comes in hot water. I sense that the US prosecutors will involve interpol or EU and demand that the Tories force randy Andy to comply and schedule an interview. It’s only time before BRF is abolished. If not soon it’ll definitely happen once lizzy dies.
    This idiot will have a real shock when he realises how insignificant he is

  25. Lilyb says:

    Is it good feeling to have a good mind for fanfiction celebitchy isn’t? Guess who doesn’t care about what fanfics you write about Wills, Kate and their children. This person here and millions and millions of other people. But I have to give it to you you are funny and cute sometimes.