The Duke of Cambridge’s strained relations with his father go back to his childhood and the traumatic divorce of his parents. Royal author Penny Junor suggests that William was something of a confidante for Diana. She observed: “Diana shared an awful lot of her misery with William.
“He knew that Camilla was the woman who caused her to be so unhappy – yet equally he knew that Camilla was the woman who made his father happy, so it was extremely difficult for him.”
But over the past year or so, the Prince of Wales and his eldest son appear to have put their troubles behind them.
According to palace insiders, one of the main reasons for this rapprochement is Charles’ decision to involve William much more in the royal household’s decision making.
A source told the Daily Mail: “He’s giving William much more input.
“He realises that his own reign will be a shorter one than his son’s, and therefore it is crucial that William is involved in all long-term planning.”
They added: “They have been spending more time together and are much more aligned.
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Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Emily Andrews claimed that in response to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s move to California, Charles and William came together to work with a common purpose.
She added: “A key factor in the two men’s maturing relationship, of course, has been Harry’s move to California.
“Charles’s initial inclination was to try to make a half-in/ half-out Royal role work for Harry and Meghan.
“But ultimately he united with William and the Queen, who, at the so-called Sandringham Summit to discuss the crisis in January last year, told the Sussexes that a hybrid option would not work.”