The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are a ‘new-look’ Prince Charles and Princess Diana, a royal expert has claimed.
Robert Jobson, author of Charles: Our Future King, said the position of Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 37, in the royal family will ‘continue to evolve’ in 2020.
Speaking to Hello! magazine, the Essex-born commentator added that the couple are set to become a ‘major force’ in the UK’s soft-power diplomacy.
‘I believe the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s position will continue to evolve, with them resembling more of a new-look Charles and Diana in their hugely successful early days on the world stage, becoming a major force in the UK’s soft-power diplomacy,’ he said.
Robert Jobson, author of Diana: Closely Guarded Secret, said Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 37, pictured last weekend, are a ‘new-look’ Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Mr Jobson likened the Cambridges to Prince Charles and Princess Diana in their ‘hugely successful early days on the world stage’. Pictured on a visit to Castlebay in Barra, the Western Isles
Mr Jobson added that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will use this year to continue to push their own agenda and charity work through their new Sussex Foundation.
‘I would expect them to spend more time in the US and maybe make an official visit to Canada,’ he predicted.
Mr Jobson said he expects Prince Charles to take on the bulk of the Queen’s major overseas visits and will play a central role at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda.
‘He will probably tour another African country too,’ he added.
The Essex-born commentator added that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (pictured left on Christmas Day )are set to become a ‘major force’ in the UK’s soft-power diplomacy. Pictured right: Prince Charles, Princess Diana and their children on Christmas Day in 1994
Royal author Penny Juror told the publication that the Prince of Wales is doing a ‘huge amount’ already, claiming she has ‘never known anyone work so incredibly hard’ and ‘tirelessly’.
‘He really does seem to relish the job and he doesn’t stop for lunch or coffee breaks. He just keeps going,’ she said.
‘He’s just an extraordinary man who has got an appetite for knowledge and doing what he can to make a difference.’
This desire to make a difference is certainly a trait Prince Charles and Princess Diana passed onto their sons William and Harry.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, pictured on their royal tour of Pakistan in October, are both passionate about mental health
In the recent BBC One show A Berry Royal Christmas, the Duke of Cambridge described how his mother took him to a homeless shelter as a child, teaching him that there was a life ‘beyond the palace walls’.
He said: ‘It was one of the first places I came to actually. I must have been eight or nine and it had a profound impact on me.
‘My mother knew what she was doing with it, she realised that it’s very important when you grow up, especially in the life we grew up in, that you realise life happens beyond the palace walls and that you see real people struggling with real issues.’
And William seems keen to pass this virtue onto his own children, revealing that he talks to Prince George, six, and Princess Charlotte, four, about the plight of homeless people they see on the streets on their way into school.
Prince Charles has passed on his desire to make a difference to his son William, who in turn is instilling the value in his son Prince George (pictured with the Queen)
Prince William narrated a 60-second film about mental health featuring stars of the game such as Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, England players Harry Maguire, Dele Alli (pictured), Jordan Pickford and Callum Hudson-Odoi and former England women’s international player Alex Scott, which was broadcast before the ties
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are both passionate about mental health, with the prince recently harnessing his love of football to tackle the issue by delaying kick-offs in the FA Cup so fans can talk to each other.
The duke narrated a 60-second film featuring stars of the game, such as Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, England players Harry Maguire, Dele Alli, Jordan Pickford and Callum Hudson-Odoi and former England women’s international player Alex Scott, which was broadcast before the ties.
In the early 1990s, towards the end of her marriage to Charles, Princess Diana revealed her battle with bulimia and spoke candidly about her mental health struggles.
It helped to break the stigma surrounding the issue – a legacy William and Kate are determined to build on.
And like her late mother-in-law, the duchess is certainly a style icon, with her outfits and accessories becoming an instant sell-out after she’s seen wearing them.