The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Kate, are wooing the crowds on their first official visit as a couple to Canada. Kate has quickly settled into her role as a royal wife, bringing glamour and class to the House of Windsor.
When it comes to looks, the balding, dare we say, chubby-looking Prince William, is losing his fast and it is the new Duchess, who is providing the movie-star charisma, although unlike his self-centred father who hated sharing the limelight with Princess Diana, the young Prince appears to delight in the excitement his wife creates wherever she goes. Will his enthusiasm last or will he, like his father, come to resent his secondary role during walkabouts?
Next week the pair head for the USA and Hollywood, where the stars are lining-up to meet them and those not on any guest list are leaving LA in a hurry, having hastily-arranged appointments elsewhere. There has been criticism here in the UK that access to the couple in LA will be confined to the elite, but that is the case wherever the royals go. Pressing the flesh with ordinary folk are well-scripted and tightly-controlled affairs, like throwing scraps to the peasantry.
There are always efforts to make the royals more accessible, but even in these times of economic belt-tightening for the majority of people within the UK, the latest financial accounts from Prince Charles own household, shows a total lack of empathy with his future subjects. This paragon of green issues who likes nothing better than lecture on the greed of man, is a big spender when it comes to home comforts, including a household staff of 159. It is said that he even has someone to squeeze his toothpaste onto his toothbrush, but surely that can't be true? Maybe not, but then there are stories of an aide holding a container while he peed into it, so who knows?!
Prince William seems determined not to emulate his sybaritic father, but his whole life will be one of grandeur and exclusivity, with or without his own personal piss-pot aide.