Prince William turned 32 on Saturday. The father, husband and second in line to the throne of England is still no closer to figuring out what he wants to be when he grows up despite the birthright he still views as a birthwrong. Today he wants to be a helicopter pilot, perhaps tomorrow he’ll want to be a cowboy. Prince William is a man of many interests, none of which appear to be his role as a future king.
As a child, Prince William would notoriously stomp his feet and scream, “I don’t want to be king.” As a teenager his outbursts against his inherited role were chalked up to teenage rebellion. He resented both the media and his protection detail, shouting at both, “Why won’t you just let me be a normal person?” When Wills aged past the age of hormonally-explained dissent, Prince Charles attempted to instill in him a sense of duty, resorting to getting third parties like protection officers to convince the petulant prince to embrace his destiny as king. Now thirty-two, Prince William’s defiance involves less kicking, but he still appears just as reluctant to accept his destiny, a destiny for which his own mother believed that his brother Harry was better suited.
It’s anticipated that Prince William will soon announce that he’s accepted a position as a pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance and that he, Kate and Prince George will ditch their digs in Kensington Palace which just cost taxpayers $6.8 million to renovate in order to take up residence at Anmer Hall, a hundred and twenty miles north of London. So much for Kensington Palace being their primary residence. So much for assuming more royal responsibilities. So much for a lot of things.
The helicopter pilot gig has been maybe happening since April. The timing of the announcement coinciding with the release of the Kensington Palace renovation report makes me even more suspicious that William the Reluctant is becoming William the Destroyer, blasting as many holes in the monarchy as he can before he attempts to sink it. Perhaps the Republican Movement simply isn’t moving fast enough for his taste so Prince William is trying to annihilate the monarchy from the inside.
Throughout his life, Prince William has approached his role as future king with contempt that’s worn many veils, but the underlying issue has always remained the same, Prince William despises being watched. Realistically, there will always be some level of interest in Prince William either for who he will be or who he could have been. Whether historically remembered as William the Reluctant or William the Destroyer, the only privilege Wills wasn’t born with was the option to be irrelevant.
This past year was labeled a transitional year by the Palace to explain why Prince William, now in his thirties, is still balking over becoming a full-time royal. Perhaps like his wife, Kate, Prince William is allergic to things he doesn’t want to do. Prince William couldn’t even make it through a ten-week agriculture course at Cambridge without taking two vacations. The royal tour of Australia and New Zealand was laughably light on scheduled events, his calendar of official engagements has been as sparse as the hair on top of the heir’s head and now he’s taking another giant step away from the throne with this decision to play pilot. He can’t have the perks without the responsibilities, he’s either in or he’s out. So why is he still being considered for the job of king when he so clearly doesn’t want the only part of it that’s beneficial to the people of the UK?
There are those who believe that if Prince William removes himself from the line of succession, the British Monarchy wouldn’t survive, an opinion rumored to be shared by the Queen. It’s also been suggested that William only presently endures his loathsome role out of deference to his grandmother. Wait, so Wills has actually been on his best behavior? I shudder to think what his worst behavior looks like but I imagine it involves plushy orgies, paintball tournaments in Buckingham Palace and Wills riding around on an armored tiger with his robe open and a butter knife raised above his head proclaiming, “I have the power.”
Whether he leaves or stays, it appears more and more likely that the end of the British monarchy will come at the hands of Mr. Kate Middleton. Prince William’s decision to postpone his destiny by at least another year undermines the future of the British monarchy as taxpayers struggle to see the value in a prince who is more interested in leading a private life than becoming king. Money from the Sovereign’s Grant that should be spent on upkeep of the palaces is instead being allocated to appease the petulant prince and his lazy wife to the outrage of many taxpayers. The new helicopter that will be used to shuttle the Duke and Duchess of Doolittle to official engagements from Anmer Hall comes out of the Sovereign’s Grant despite Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace being in urgent need of repairs. Priceless art and artifacts are in danger of being destroyed by leaky roofs while the whims of Prince William and Kate are being catered to. If the Firm is unable to adequately manage itself, how effectively can it serve the people of the United Kingdom? Should the future of the monarchy really be in the hands of someone who is so disinterested in it? Perhaps it’s better to take their chances with a King Harry who genuinely has a sense of duty rather than a man who is woefully unprepared to be first in line to the throne and take over the Duchy of Cornwall.
I just want to say a quick thanks to gingerboy24 of Royal Gossip for posting the link to my blog. I’ve tried to join Royal Gossip in the past to thank individuals for their support, but the forum wisely wouldn’t have me as a member. And of course, thank you to temi for always being wonderful amazing you!