Prince William and Kate being 'watched carefully' by Queen and Prince Philip, says royal author

Rebecca Taylor
Royal Correspondent
An author has said the Queen will be keeping an eye on William and Kate. (Getty Images)

Prince William and his wife Kate are being watched “very carefully” by the Queen and Prince Philip because of previous mistakes of other young royals, according to an author.

Tom Quinn, who wrote Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir told a Channel 5 documentary that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be watched because older royals are concerned about repetition of previous mistakes.

Quinn said: “The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, will be watching very carefully, especially given that younger royals in the past have got things very badly wrong and they don't want that to happen again.”

But he said the coronavirus pandemic had given the couple a chance to shine “in a very modern way”.

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It’s not completely clear which younger royals Quinn was referring to in the documentary, which touched on several aspects of Kate and William’s relationship, from early days to the coronavirus pandemic.

At one point Prince Edward was mentioned, because of the bad press he got after quitting the marines, but the documentary, called William and Kate: Too Good To Be True? also talked about Harry’s decision to step back from royal duties.

Charles’s marriage with Diana breaking down was also discussed.

William had to be involved in the decision about Harry's desire to step back. (Getty Images)

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Speaking about the interview Harry did while in South Africa in which he said he and William were on “different paths” royal editor of the Daily Mail, Rebecca English said: “I know William watched his interview with a mixture of shock and horror.

“Harry was publicly airing his dirty linen and I know he debated long and hard about what to do.”

Adding of the Sandringham summit, she said: “I’m not sure William had much choice in the matter, he is going to be king, even if it means the expense of his familial relationship.”

Prince William, 37, and Kate, 38, have been widely praised for the work they have taken on during the lockdown and the way they have adapted to working from home.

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They have turned their Royal Foundation’s focus to the mental health of those who are on the frontline of the response, including NHS workers, and have carried out numerous Zoom calls with people around the world.

William has continued his efforts in using sport to help tackle the stigma around mental health, while Kate has used her love of photography to create a “lasting illustration” of Britain during the pandemic.

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