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Old 05-24-2019, 02:07 PM
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I think Will is quiet and not a performer and he's not glitzy, but I prefer him for that. I think he would be fine not being king but he accepts his destinry
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Old 05-24-2019, 02:36 PM
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Shakespeare had it right stating "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown". In a way, William's demeanor is very much like his grandmother's with a quiet, reserved manner and I think that will serve him well in years to come.

Its a job for life and just looking at his father, he sees a man already in his 70s who still has the biggest role of his life ahead of him whereas most of the people who hit their 70s are pretty much sailing into their sunset years with retirement. His grandmother, at 93, is starting to slow down a bit but doesn't refrain from any part of her duties as monarch. William has already stepped into a bit of his role of monarch-to-be and does look quite regal himself when he performs investitures.
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Old 05-24-2019, 02:40 PM
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True, I just think that William is born in a different age to his grandma, and while he accepts he'll be king, it would not break his heart if he wasn't. Whereas the queen is from a different time and has not had the same experience of relatively normal everyday life that younger royals like Will have had..
I think he could relatively easily conceive of just leading a quiet life, and not beingroyal...
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Old 05-24-2019, 03:34 PM
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True, I just think that William is born in a different age to his grandma, and while he accepts he'll be king, it would not break his heart if he wasn't. Whereas the queen is from a different time and has not had the same experience of relatively normal everyday life that younger royals like Will have had..
I think he could relatively easily conceive of just leading a quiet life, and not beingroyal...
I think the part in bold could very well be the "other side of the fence" for most royals that live, eat and breathe in service to Crown and Country just as for us ordinary folks that perhaps see all the perks of royal life and don't realize just how much of a gilded fishbowl it really is.

No matter who we are, there's always that "other side of the fence".
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Old 05-24-2019, 03:53 PM
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We don't know how much he does or doesn't know about world affairs, because members of the Royal Family aren't allowed to comment on politics. I'm sure he's very well-informed, but we don't see that. I thought he did a great job on his tour of the Middle East, and on his recent visit to New Zealand following the terrorist attack there. And he's doing a great job of raising awareness of mental health issues. Suicide is the biggest cause of death in the UK of men in their 20s and 30s, and that's partly because men feel unable to talk about mental health problems. The future king speaking out on the subject is changing attitudes. It must be very difficult to be the second in line for the throne when you're in your 30s: I think he's doing a good job.
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Old 05-24-2019, 05:50 PM
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Actually, much of his charity work seems to include exactly those sorts of meetings. And we’ve been told in the past that he has been taking various courses of “continuing ed,” if you will, with to prepare him specifically with the body of knowledge he’ll need to first manage the duchy of Cornwall and then to meet with PMs and such.
Well, the Queen will hopefully become as old as Queen Mom if not older! So, yes, you have a point! There is probably still much time.

I think, my problem is, that I can't really relate to the work he is doing right now.
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Old 05-24-2019, 06:07 PM
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Well, the Queen will hopefully become as old as Queen Mom if not older! So, yes, you have a point! There is probably still much time.

I think, my problem is, that I can't really relate to the work he is doing right now.
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Same for Kate's husband! And I think, a Prince talking with football players about hurt feelings, like he did recently, is just comical.
He is trying to reach men; and whether you like football (soccer) or not, fact is that many men do - it's the most popular sport in many countries. So, including football players (as the president of the Football Association - timed around the FA cup) is a great way to reach many people who normally wouldn't be interested in what a royal has to say.

Who do you have in mind that share the same popularity and would reach that target group much better than the people that William wanted to reach?
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Old 05-25-2019, 03:32 AM
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With William embracing some of the needs of the people he serves, he'll be a king with his heart in the right place and embrace his role and be a king that most definitely will crown him as "the people's king". At least I think so.
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Old 05-25-2019, 07:55 PM
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Prince William is going to make an excellent King. His mother made sure his formative years prepared him for his future role like no other heir to the throne before him.
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Old 05-25-2019, 08:27 PM
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Prince William is going to make an excellent King. His mother made sure his formative years prepared him for his future role like no other heir to the throne before him.
Both of William's parents did. If there was one area where Charles and Diana agreed on, it was how they would raise their sons.
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Old 05-26-2019, 01:06 PM
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This thread has been cleaned up with a number of off-topic posts being deleted or edited. This thread is quite clearly not the place to discuss anecdotes about the Duchess of Cambridge, the Cambridges charity work or comparisons between William and his father.
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Old 04-30-2020, 10:09 AM
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- a degree in Law, Economics or Politics

Though Prince William's degree is Geography, it's actually a quite useful degree for anyone who is looking to lead a country. That's because his degree involves having to study the characteristics of different parts of the world such as the weather in a given place, its biodiversity and the people who inhabit these places to name a few. These are useful if you want a King who is culturally sensitive, environmentally friendly and is capable responding properly to natural disasters. As for William's education on Britain's law, if I'm not mistaken, he will be able to receive personalized instruction (or correspondence courses) on that once he becomes 2nd in line to the throne (this happened to the Queen, for instance). Also, his years at Sandhurst and in military service would make him well-versed in the matters of National Defense which is useful for a future monarch to learn.

- a year or more at an university abroad. For example if you did a LLB in UK, then a Master degree in Politics abroad.


William didn't do this though. The closest he did was to spend his gap year volunteering abroad. Perhaps he could get a postgraduate degree abroad once all his children are in primary school.

- English and two other languages fluent.

Prince William is said to be fluent in French, Swahili, Welsh and Gaelic in addition to English (Source).

- a internship in two ministries (foreign affairs and something else)

He interned for MI5, MI6 and the GCHQ which are Britain's Intelligence Agencies (Source).

- some military training


After university, he went to Sandhurst and then served at the Royal Air Force.
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Old 04-30-2020, 10:24 AM
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That source stated that he can "speak a little Swahili". It does not say he is fluent and I doubt he is.

I also am skeptical that he speaks fluent French. On his tours of Canada he has spoken very bad French from a prepared text.
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Old 04-30-2020, 11:32 AM
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IIRC the only language William is fluent in is English. He speaks a little French and not at all fluent. The same applies to Gaelic, Welsh and Swahili. Knowing a few phrases that you memorized doesn't mean you are fluent.


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Old 04-30-2020, 11:53 AM
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I am sure he knows more than few phrases of several languages, no need to undermine that.

No amount of specific education or languages spoken makes someone a Great King or Queen. Some competencies like Courage, Humility, Empathy, Exemplifies culture, Trustworth etc. will probably carry more weight for this role.

Someone can have all education in the world and end-up being a jackass and lack empathy.
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Old 04-30-2020, 12:08 PM
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That source stated that he can "speak a little Swahili". It does not say he is fluent and I doubt he is.

I also am skeptical that he speaks fluent French. On his tours of Canada he has spoken very bad French from a prepared text.
There is a video on youtube that has Prince William at some social event speaking to an African man in Swahili. That man said, later, that he was surprised how well William spoke Swahili. I don't think the man was just being polite.

I have heard William speak French and it was NOT the best. It was more like my high school French that gets me through visits to Paris and the Riviera. People can understand me and I understand them. That's how William sounded to me. He can get by. The Queen seems to be bilingual in French, though.
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Old 04-30-2020, 12:15 PM
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Oh thank you Ms. Leonie...I will look that up. I would love to hear William speaking in Swahili.

His father's French is flawless, too bad William and Harry do not have the knack I guess.
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Old 04-30-2020, 12:34 PM
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IIRC the only language William is fluent in is English. He speaks a little French and not at all fluent. The same applies to Gaelic, Welsh and Swahili. Knowing a few phrases that you memorized doesn't mean you are fluent.


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Cant' even see why he'd know Gaelic unless they mean Scots Gaelic..and Im sure he only knows a few words of thtat.
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Old 04-30-2020, 01:14 PM
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He did joke in the recent skit with Stephen Fry that he had absolutely no idea what he was talking about when Fry started to talk in French. Not sure if that's self deprecating humour or not & he really knows more than he lets on. I would hope so it is a beautiful language & culture.

HM's French is well known to be very good of course. Or should that be bien sur.

Gaelic & Welsh look very difficult to learn although they sound lovely.
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Old 04-30-2020, 01:39 PM
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When you're a future head of state and you make a thoughtless, no stupid comment about a pandemic while on a royal tour you need remedial training. William made that comment about he and Kate spreading around COVID 19 while in Ireland and cases were starting to climb. Even as a hot mic moment when you in that position you need to watch what you say. He got dragged on social media for it; he came off as lacking empathy for those who were suffering at the time. William may have done some charity awareness but a public apology for his lack of care would have gone a long way.
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