It is a particularly difficult time for Prince William. While her tenth wedding anniversary with Kate Middleton is fast approaching, the heart is not really at the party. In addition to dealing with growing tensions with his younger brother Harry – who dug the rift with the royal family during his interview with Oprah Winfrey – the heir to the throne of England is still trying to mourn his own good- loved grandfather. Ten days after Prince Philip’s funeral, celebrated in Windsor on April 17, 2021, the Duke of Cambridge has decided to continue his official commitments. On a visit with his wife to the Cheesy Waffles Project social center in Durham – whose aim is to provide young people with learning disabilities with the skills to “make the transition to a happy and healthy adulthood ” – Prince William had a fond thought for his late grandfather.
“He would have been so happy ”
As reported by the British daily The Mirror, Prince William took the time to interact with various members who won the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Prize, a youth support program founded by the Queen’s husband in 1956. The opportunity for the future king to make a touching reference to Prince Philip: “Did you know he was my grandfather?” he asked Evan Jones (18) and Lee Middleton (23), two recipients of the award in question. “Unfortunately, he died a few weeks ago. But he would have been so happy that you got these rewards”, then added Prince William, very moved at the idea of talking about the death of his grandfather for the first time in public.
The magazine Hello furthermore recalls that Kate Middleton had herself won the Duke of Edinburgh’s Prize when she was still a high school student, well before marrying her grandson. An experience the Duchess of Cambridge described as “one of the most memorable of his childhood ”, and “a great way for young people to gain confidence, acquire new skills, work in a team and have fun throughout their schooling ”.
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