In a somber turn of events, King Charles's recent cancer diagnosis has prompted deep concerns within the royal household regarding the potential burden on Prince William.
The Prince of Wales, well aware of his son's burgeoning family responsibilities and the slow recovery of his wife, Kate Middleton, from abdominal surgery, is determined not to overwhelm Prince William with additional royal obligations during this challenging time.
According to a source closely associated with the royal family, speaking exclusively to People magazine, King Charles has always harbored a desire to shield his children from the weight of royal duties prematurely.
This sentiment remains steadfast, especially considering Prince William's current familial commitments. The source emphasizes that the King is adamant about not imposing undue pressure on his son, particularly as William prioritizes caring for his wife during her recovery.
While discussions arise about the possibility of Prince William assuming some of his father's duties in the event of the King's illness, there are currently no concrete plans to appoint Counsellors of State.
Instead, the Prince of Wales stands ready to fulfill constitutional obligations should the need arise, ensuring continuity in governance during any absence of the monarch. Despite King Charles stepping back from public engagements for the foreseeable future, insiders assure that he will continue to engage in vital behind-the-scenes work, including receiving and managing official correspondence.
Renowned royal biographer Robert Hardman, author of "The Making of a King: King Charles III and the Modern Monarchy," underscores the monarch's commitment to serving the nation, even amidst health challenges. While public appearances may be limited, Hardman assures that King Charles remains dedicated to fulfilling his duties, albeit in a more subdued manner.