Queen Elizabeth, 94, and Prince Philip are keeping a very close eye on second-in-line to the throne, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton a royal author reports.
Appearing in the Channel 5 documentary William and Kate: Too Good To Be True, Tom Quinn revealed the extra scrutiny the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now under — and why.
Her Majesty — who made her first post-quarantine appearance on her birthday — wants to avoid mistakes made by ‘younger royals’ in the past, Quinn explained, leaving viewers to speculate over the younger royals’ identities.
“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,” he stated in the program, which aired in the UK over the weekend.
The royal family has been involved in countless shocks and scandals over the Queen’s record 68-year reign, including her own son Prince Andrew’s ties to convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
Earlier this year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle surprised everyone — including Her Majesty — by announcing their decision to step back as senior royals, a move that’s since been compared to Prince Edward VIII’s abdication in 1936 in order to marry American divorcee, Wallis Simpson.
The author of several books, including Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir from Queen Mary to Meghan Markle, Quinn also offered his insight into Will, 37, and Kate’s blossoming romance while they were students at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
The future king was so taken with commoner Kate, his fellow History of Art classmate, that he quite literally stumbled in his effort to catch her attention.
“One of the funny stories is [William] was so desperate to meet her that as he walked towards her, he apparently tripped and said, ‘Oh that's a terrible start, you're going to think I'm a complete clot’,” Quinn recalled of the couple’s first meeting in 2001.
Despite their ‘terrible start,’ the pair were married a decade later and share three children: Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 5, and two-year-old Prince Louis.