Royal expert Robert Lacey has revealed that the Queen has had a "particular interest" in Prince William since his teens and is thought to have helped the Duke of Cambridge prepare for when he eventually inherits the throne from father Prince Charles.
Speaking to People in 2017, Mr Lacey revealed details surrounding the relationship between the pair and how the reigning monarch has long been preparing William for the day he will become King.
The royal expert claimed: “There has always been a special closeness between William and the Queen, and she has taken a particular interest in him.
“It’s no secret that she and Charles have had a prickly relationship at times.
“When William became a teenager, she would have him at Windsor Castle and would open the state boxes and guide him through the papers. It was William’s constitutional education.”
William is thought to think just as highly of the Queen, he is on record as praising her influence on him and once claimed his grandmother was “the best role model I could have".
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When interviewed by the BBC in 2016, William, Duke of Cambridge revealed the Queen has “more of a soft influencing, modest kind of guidance”.
“I don’t think she believes too heavily in instruction. My grandmother takes more of a passive role in how she believes her role should be.
He added: "She’s above politics.”
Royal author Charles Irving has made the bold claim that Charles should give up his place in the line of succession and let William take over when the Queen dies or abdicates.
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Speaking in an interview with New Idea, he said: “If he chose to [quit] – there’s no precedent for this, which is tricky, but if he chose to, he could stand aside and hand over to William, which would have an amazing, reinvigorating effect.
“Passing to William and Kate, there would be a normal logic to that because you can see they are 21st-century people. They live in the present.
“I think he would be a much better bet than Prince Charles. William and Kate would understand it’s a different kind of operation and very different to the Queen.”
Mr Irving is no stranger to criticising Charles, previously claiming the Prince is "unfit to be king" and would place the monarchy in "jeopardy" if he ascended to the throne.
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