Prince William hasn’t done anything yet as ‘advisor’ to the coronation committee

Honestly, plans for King Charles III have just begun. The coronation committee has probably only had a few meetings, if that. All of the focus on whether Queen Camilla will wear the Koh-i-noor is important, but the conversation probably took Charles by surprise given how little is in place at this point for his May 2023 coronation. That’s what this new Telegraph story is about, how everything needs to be planned and how Charles has put William in a major position of power on the coronation committee, and how this whole thing will probably be done smaller and on a budget. Some highlights:

Prince William’s active role: The Prince of Wales is to take an “active role” in planning the coronation of his father King Charles. The Prince, who is likely to also have a place in the May 6 ceremony itself, is expected to join those on the King’s coronation committee in the coming months to help set the tone for the event. The King’s eldest son will have an active advisory position, taking a keen interest in the ceremony and how it reflects modern Britain. He and the Princess of Wales are likely – but not confirmed – to have a role in the Westminster Abbey event, with discussions currently under way about how it can be modernised and shortened from the spectacular celebrations for the late Queen.

Zero clarity about Prince Harry: There is less clarity over the King’s younger son, the Duke of Sussex, who is no longer a working member of the Royal family.

Charles will probably do a “civil” coronation outside of the church too: The coronation committee will recommend considering a separate civil ceremony at Westminster Hall or in Horse Guards Parade as a “venture of ‘recognition’ of the new monarch outside the religious canopy”.

The coronation won’t be about the “British empire,” it will be about the “united kingdom”: With both Brexit and the Scottish independence referendum adding to “pressures on the monarchy to be a symbol of national unity”, it finds, the coronation should better reflect the Union as well as reducing any previous Imperial associations – to acknowledge that Britain is no longer a “truly international power”.

It should be smaller, less feudal & not so archaic: Dr Bob Harris, of The Constitution Unit at UCL, writes: “The UK no longer has the capacity to mount anything like this spectacle, nor should it do so in straitened times. The next coronation will inevitably be smaller. Archaic elements such as the Court of Claims could be dropped. So should the homage, and thought be given to how the King as head of the nation should be enabled early in the reign to signify support for, and encouragement of, modern civil society. A modernised form of homage could take place, for example, in Westminster Hall, or in a procession on Horse Guards Parade.”

Modern Peg: The involvement of the Prince of Wales in planning the May coronation will be welcomed by royalists as a sign of continuity between the generations and the closer working relationship between the King and his heir. The Prince will, at age of 40, naturally represent the concerns of his own generation, with an eye to modernising the monarchy for the sake of its future.

[From The Telegraph]

It’s funny that the Telegraph’s sources can’t even make it sound like William has even taken an interest in his father’s coronation thus far. Everything is in the future tense – William “will” do such and such, he’s looking forward to eventually advising the committee, he will tell them to do this and that. Why does it feel like Charles is telling his son “this is what you need to be doing” and William is ignoring him and f–king off to Norfolk? The only part of the planning of interest to William will be finding a way to be cruel to Harry. Anyway, this coronation already sounds like a bummer – whoops, Britain is no longer a global power or an empire, whoops, our prime minister was outlasted by a head of lettuce, whoops the British pound is in free fall, whoops, the crown prince is a lazy lightweight who still refuses to do any work. KC3 is going to have to bribe Kate with significant jewels to get her to do jacksh-t too.

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  1. Digital Unicorn says:

    LOLz all day at that first photo – it’s his peggy face.

    Peggy and Mutton will do as they have always done and thats wait until someone else does something and then swoop in to take all the credit for it. Of course they are going to try and make Chuck’s coronation all about them, esp Mutton she is just itching to lord it over everyone now.

    You can also place your bets that the entire Middleton clan will be at the ceremony.

    • Christine says:

      Agreed! This makes me laugh so hard.

      “taking a keen interest in”

      It’s like the “reporters” in England are trying to nudge them, like Pavlov’s dogs. If they say “KEEN” enough, maybe they will one day open their mouths and BE keen! Fingers crossed, England!!!

    • Nic919 says:

      I think Charles is going to limit the Middletons to mom and dad. The siblings can show up if kate happens to still be married when it’s William’s turn

  2. girl_ninja says:

    Lol…Prince William hasn’t done anything yet FULL STOP 😂😂

    Lazy bum.

  3. Chic says:

    Given UK political turmoil, this coronation should be quick and standing room only. The Spanish set a good example with Felipe and Letizia.. Charles and camila needs to take one for country and let this go.

    • harpervalleypta says:

      Considering the coronation is 6 months away and how fast the UK has been going through PMs recently, I wonder who is going to be PM during the coronation.

      Will it be Sunak? His successor? Their successor? Is Boris going to scheme for the next 5 months so he can jump back into the job solely for the coronation and then bail out again?

  4. Tessa says:

    He will not do much

    • Kingston says:

      Just another embiggening exercise from this britshidtrag. All that has happened is that Peggy has been invited to sit on the committee which, of course, is expected, as he is supposedly the next heir (if the world remains as it is).

      He’s there to see how its done so he’ll know what to expect if and when his time comes. What the h3ll does he know about anything to be able to advise this committee about anything, given that they have an ancient script (how long hv they been crowning monarchs in this particular dying kingdom anyway?) All that the committee will need to do is remove a few of the too-ridiculous portions of the ceremony and perhaps add a twist or 2 in a nod to modernity.

  5. Brassy Rebel says:

    It should be entertaining to see how they struggle to “modernize” an institution which is inherently archaic and medieval. I wish them luck. (Not really!) 😉

  6. Woke says:

    All their talk about modernizing the monarchy seems hollow now. It’s even infuriating to keep reading that they’re clearly not interested they feel like it’s something they have to do to survive. William is such a disappointment 40 with such a backward thinking.

    • Brassy Rebel says:

      To truly modernize the monarchy, they would have to abolish it which is the one thing they are trying to avoid at all costs. So instead they go on about all the superficial nonsense they are doing. They are once again gaslighting the British public and hoping they don’t catch on.

      • Harper says:

        Exactly. The monarchy is irrelevant and a dinosaur. So much of Betty’s coronation was of those times. Seventy-four year old C-Rex and 75 year old Cams are not going to have ladies in waiting swanning around and fainting in their Norman Hartnell gowns during a three hour coronation ceremony like Betty did.

        The only thing Burger King will contribute is eliminating most of the parts where he is required to stand up. And he’ll probably suggest getting rid of the boring choral music that just goes on too long.

  7. Molly says:

    How does one separate “previous Imperial associations” with the act of crowning someone a ruler over people who have no say? Asking for a friend…

    • Kingston says:

      Not to mention the annointing portion of the ceremony (as per betty’s) where she and the presiding arch bishop are enclosed in a veiled, private area (which, by the way, betty refused to have this portion of the ceremony televised) and where she was annointed with oil and supposedly received her ordainment directly from god himself!!! The words “mystery” and “mystique'” are thrown around to describe this moment.

      Wonder if CharlesDaTurd will keep this in his ceremony… know, the direct, holy ordainment from god himself.

  8. SarahCS says:

    William is a lot of things, he is NOT ‘of his generation’.

  9. Cerys says:

    Of course he hasn’t done anything yet. He is waiting for everyone else to do the work then he’ll turn up at the end and take all the credit.

    • Julia K says:

      That was supposed to have been Harry’s job, be the workhorse then step aside for William to take credit. Wasn’t that always the plan?

  10. goofpuff says:

    I’m not sure what they expected. It’s not like getting a shiny new Prince of Wales title or being an “advisor” to a coronation will get Wills to do more work. He is already unhappy with the little work they get him to do.

  11. A says:

    I think they should keep the weird archaic stuff and drop everything else. Roll the man in oil. Throw gold bars at him or whatever that was supposed to be about. Make him tote the Stone of Scone back to Scotland on his back, while we’re decolonizing things.

    • Dee says:

      Make him shoot a flaming arrow through a ring! If the Queen of Genovia can do it, so can he!

    • antipodean says:

      OOOOOH A, you are a wag, and I had a loud chuckle at the visual of CRex toting the Stone of Scone back to Scotland…where, by the way, it rightfully belongs, not being messed about by bloody Sassenachs! The toting would probably be the most job of actual work/labour he has ever done in his entitled lifetime. Perhaps Cam can ride in a tumbril beside him and egg him on?

    • MissMarirose says:

      Remove a sword from a stone or GTFO.

      • A says:

        THANK YOU. I am thrilled that you all get where I’m coming from. I want high medieval fantasy and literally nothing else.

  12. Amy Bee says:

    I don’t see the need for a coronation. Charles has already been declared King. It’s interesting that no one seems to know if Harry has a role in this. You would think that would one of the first things worked out.

  13. Rapunzel says:

    What are the odds on their being more leaky pens than usual? Pretty high, with Willyboy in charge, right?

  14. The Duchess says:

    I’m not surprised. This bum is well known for doing nothing, then taking all the credit when someone else finally steps in. Absolutely pathetic. He’s a 40 year old man!

    • Laura D says:

      @The Duchess – Exactly.

      If Harry was still in the “Firm” he would now be busting a gut to make his father’s Coronation work. Then when it was all done William would tell everyone it was a “joint effort”. How long before we hear (once again) that Harry has let his father and brother down?

    • Cessily says:

      William cares about this coronation about as much as the rest of the world, the only difference is he will take credit from those who actually do the work. That has been his MO for years, so why change now?

      • The Duchess says:

        He will never change. If anything, he’ll get worse now that he has the duchy funds to spruce up his best bachelor lifestyle. I fail to understand why people still expect the Keens to work more. Why would they? If they didn’t start in 2011, then they certainly won’t start now.

  15. Beverley says:

    Will’s epic laziness is legendary. The Prince of Pegging has no energy for anything except ruminating about Harry and how he wants to destroy Meghan. Any energy left over is put into his Rosebush trimming.

    There’s 3 things Pegs hates: Meghan, Kkkate, and work.
    Some things never change.

    • SueBarbri33 says:

      This. You know, I sort of started royal watching way back in the day because I thought it was fascinating that William always seemed so sullen and bored and downright contemptuous of royal life. I originally assumed his sour expressions and reluctance had something to do with rebelling against the royal system after what the men in gray and the RF did to his mother, but now it turns out he’s just…lazy. And kind of boring. Even now, after all this time and after everything that has happened, William and his family have taken this school break opportunity to disappear off the face of the earth. It’s insane to me that they’re never seen out and about, never shopping, never dining at a restaurant in London…nothing. This article is the usual royal fluff story, but the reporters aren’t even bothering to lie about William’s participation in all of these things. It’s all just speculation and theory. It’s so weird!

  16. Becks1 says:

    I think that CIII is going to be disappointed in the reaction to his coronation. It’s not going to have the same feel as his mother’s, at all. The public is not going to react the same way. Millions of pounds spent on a ceremony for someone who is already king? that’s a great look during a period of economic crisis.

    And LOL of course william isn’t doing anything. The only parts of the ceremony he is interested in are the parts where he gets to look more important than Harry.

  17. aquarius64 says:

    I think Bulliam better find a way to have the Sussexes attend this shindig. The US media will not deploy its talent and waste broadcast hours (only 11M tuned in for the queen’s funeral) if the Sussexes aren’t there.

    • SURE says:

      Unfortunately, just as with TQ’s passing, I think the US media will waste “talent” and broadcast hours on C’s coronation. The last one was seventy years ago and as such is historically significant. For some reason the US media seems to have a fetish for the Windsors.

  18. Noor says:

    No matter how they modernised the coronation , the concept of a hereditary monarchy is still an archaic concept. The Royal Family is all about doing public service and yet they are exempted from for eg. inheritance tax . Isn’t the first duty of a citizen is to pay our taxes and that constitutes a form of public service.

  19. Slippers4life says:

    I did a spittake at “Modern Peg”

  20. Jaded says:

    And “whoops! You have another rich, privileged Tory leading the country into economic disaster” and “whoops, Nicola Sturgeon is already champing at the bit with Sunak for Scottish independence!” Good luck Blighty, you’re going to need it.

  21. Pumpkin (Was Sofia) says:

    A coronation is archaic no matter what attempts are made to “modernize” it. I don’t think any other European monarchy does a coronation like this. Or at least the way the UK does. If Charles wants to update it then do away with it entirely IMO.

  22. Pam says:

    Why do I get the feeling that KC3 is going to end up planning his own coronation and letting William take credit for it, to cover up William being a lazy a**?

  23. equality says:

    Considering how KC reacted to pens not working and ink wells in the wrong place, I can’t really blame PW for not wanting to plan something.

  24. Jay says:

    Fair warning, Chuck, leave William in charge of the planning and you’ll end up with a half-assed 10-minute ceremony decorated with whatever was in the leftovers bin at the party pieces warehouse, cuz W can’t be bothered.

  25. Michele says:

    Pegs and buttons are quite lazy.

  26. QuiteContrary says:

    Weird observation, I know, but William’s fingers are shorter than I expected. Looks like Charles’ sausage fingers stunted them a bit.

    He’s a very unattractive man.

    Also, this coronation promises to be a clusterfuck.

  27. jferber says:

    I love the header picture of William and I imagine the words, “What, you want me to DO something?” just below the pic. How dare they expect him to do anything?!?

  28. HennyO says:

    Why does it has to take that long (mounts in preparation) and so much money (millions of pounds) to put that damn thing on his head. He’s already king. Many kingship ceremonies have taken place already, why this one sepeatly from the previous ones? It’s 2022 damn it, people have no time for this archaic nonsense.

  29. Gabby says:

    Not to defend TOB, but this coronation planning thing must be stultifyingly boring. Wills has my full support to sneak off to the opera, just like his father did during William’s surgery after that terrible childhood head injury.