Prince William snub: ‘Does William want to be King?’ How William failed the Queen

PRINCE WILLIAM will become the King of Great Britain after his father Prince Charles. But why does it appear that he might be less than excited about his ascension to the throne?

is the eldest son of and the late . He is second in line to the throne, while his children, , and , are third, fourth and fifth in line. The Duke of Cambridge has been raised to eventually take on the role of King, but there have been reports over the years that the prince did not want to be King. So how has Prince William failed to live up to ’s mighty reputation?

The Queen has a powerful and lasting legacy, having ruled for 67 years, making her the longest-reigning British monarch in history.

The 93-year-old Queen is also still working hard and given that she passed the age of retirement 28 years ago, has made no show of slowing down.

Given the royals are funded by the taxpayers, a record of their engagements is available to the public.

According to an analysis compiled from the Court Circular, the Queen is the second hardest working of the 15 working royals, having completed 122 official engagements to date this year.

Prince William snub: Prince William and the Queen

Prince William snub: Does Prince William really want to be King? (Image: GETTY)

She was only beaten by her eldest daughter and son, Princess Anne and Prince Charles, who have so far undertaken 137 and 131 engagements this year.

But now speculation as to whether Prince William wants to be king has arisen after figures reveal he has completed almost half the amount of engagements of his father.

The Queen has a reputation for being extremely hardworking and frugal.

Dermot Morrah wrote about her strong work ethic in his book about the Queen called Illustrated Story of Twenty-one Years in the Life of the Heir Presumptive.

Prince William snub: William and Kate

Prince William snub: Princess Anne and Prince Charles are the hardest working royals so far this year (Image: GETTY)

He wrote: “She is a hard worker… She hates to leave any task unfinished or to abandon any problem until she has mastered it.

“She is always ready to take great trouble over small things, especially when she suspects that things which are small to her may be of great importance to humbler people.”

In 2018, the Queen undertook a massive 199 engagements, which is roughly 16 or 17 a month.

By comparison, her second in line to the throne grandson completed only 121 engagements, which is roughly 10 per month.

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Prince William snub: The Queen has undertaken 122 engagement so far this year (Image: GETTY)

Despite a 56-year age gap, the Queen continues to commit herself to her duties with steadfast dedication.

Her eldest son, Prince Charles has started to take on some of her duties in recent years, believed to be training for when he ascends to the throne.

Prince Charles, by comparison, undertook a massive 189 engagements in 2018.

Prince William snub: Prince William

Prince William snub: Prince William has undertaken 66 engagements so far this year (Image: GETTY)

Republic, an Anti-monarchy group has taken issue with Prince William’s level of commitment claiming it shows disinterest in his destiny.

It said: “How can the monarchy survive when the younger generation can’t be bothered to do even the light workload of their parents?

It’s not working like the rest of us know it.

“Their hours include watching sports matches and theatre.

“But the real question these figures raise is does William want to be king?

“Or is he just doing the bare minimum to keep his family happy in the hope he can have his cake and eat it?”

Prince William snub: Prince William

Prince William snub: Anti-monarchists are questioning whether Prince William really wants to become king (Image: GETTY)

Journalist Jeremy Paxman claims to have conversed with Princess Diana about her son’s feelings about becoming king.

He said: “We talked about our children and she said William often told her that he didn’t really want to be king, and then Harry would say, ‘If you don’t want the job I’ll have it’!”

However, it now seems that Prince Harry has changed his tune.

In 2017, Prince Harry told Newsweek: “We are involved in modernising the British monarchy. We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people.

“Is there anyone of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”