Prince William and Kate Middleton had a rare moment of genuine fun on their tour of the Caribbean in what one royal expert called an "off-the-cuff moment” that illustrates why the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge “have flourished in their roles".
And, writing for news.com.au Daniela Elser says the encounter shows exactly why the royal career of Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, has "hit the rocks".
After getting off to a dicey start, with the The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge being forced to pull out of a planned visit to a Mayan village after it emerged that locals were planning a protest over a land dispute with one of the charities of which Prince William is patron.
But on the first full day of their visit to Belize, the couple visited ancient Mayan ruins at an archaeological site deep in the Chiquibul Forest.
As they posed for photos outside the breathtaking Caana, or ”sky palace,” Wills and Kate joked with the press pack that have been following them around the world.
A candid video clip shows the moment that the Prince pointed out that the rival photographers were straying into each others’ shots.
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“It was a totally off-the-cuff moment,” says royal expert Elser, “but a highly illuminating one that gets to the heart of why the Cambridges have flourished in their roles and why Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal careers hit the rocks”.
Both William and Harry have grown up in the public eye, but while William has learned to live with the constant attention his younger brother has often struck a sour note with the press, says Ms Elser.
One royal correspondent told The Guardian that Harry clearly didn’t enjoy his royal duties: “Any engagement that I’m at with him he just scowls at us. I can’t stress that clearly enough, he can’t hide his disdain. It’s just so uncomfortable, he has fury and venom in his eyes. He’s very tortured”.
Peter Hunt, former BBC royal correspondent said during an interview in 2020. “[Harry] has grown increasingly into adulthood irritated with media coverage and had an almost unhealthy obsession with it".
Harry was so unhealthily fascinated with his own coverage, Mr Hunt says, that "he would even read the comments beneath the articles online. He would then take up issues with the correspondents from those papers when he met them.”
Meanwhile, says Ms Elser, his older brother has learned to live with the pressures of the job, and his relaxed moments on tour just serve to show the dramatic difference between their two approaches.
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