Last Sunday was both Father’s Day and Prince William’s 38th birthday, and in honor of such Kensington Palace released several pictures of Will with his kids. But they also provided a picture from December 2019 of William and his own father, Prince Charles, both laughing enthusiastically. That laughing may not have been only for the camera. Because according to a royal expert who recently spoke to The Telegraph (via The Daily Mail), any lingering awkwardness between William and Charles is probably over ad William appears to have forgiven his dad. Not for cheating on his mom specifically, just in general.
Everyone knows the story of Charles and Duchess Camilla, but we were all given a refresher last week, with the news that Kristen Stewart is playing Princess Diana in a biopic about Diana and Charles’ messy divorce. Basically, Charles wouldn’t stop seeing Duchess Camilla, which fucked up his marriage to Diana. Also, there was talk that Diana really threw herself into being a mom while Charles was kind of too busy to hang out with William or Prince Harry, which would definitely contribute to an awkward father relationship.
Royal expert Camilla Tominey believes that the picture from Father’s Day shows without a shadow of a doubt that William has done some soul-searching in regards to his strained relationship with his dad. She also thinks that William has apparently “woken up” to the revelation that his dad was a decent father, and that he’s forgiven Charles for his “mistakes.” Camilla (but not that Camilla) writes:
“The warmth which so obviously zings between father and son seems to signify a laying to rest of the ghosts of William’s childhood and any soreness he has felt towards his father after witnessing the traumatic fallout out of his parents’ separation as a 10-year-old boy. Now a father-of-three in his late thirties, with Charles willingly playing the role of doting grandfather, there is a sense that William has not only forgiven him for the mistakes of the past, but also woken up to the fact his father has been as much of a positive influence as Diana, the late Princess of Wales.”
Speaking of Diana, royal biographer Penny Junor says that William’s “soreness” about his dad might have been due to his mom being pretty open with him about the situation.
“Diana shared an awful lot of her misery with William. He knew that Camilla was the woman who caused her to be so unhappy – yet equally he knew that Camilla was the woman who made his father happy, so it was extremely difficult for him.”
Camilla (the writer) says that William and Charles’ relationship looks much different from three years ago, when William and Harry marked the 20 year anniversary of their mother’s death in August 1997. When William and Harry participated in the ITV documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life And Legacy, Charles’ aides reportedly asked William to talk about how Charles stepped up as a father after Diana died, but William allegedly refused.
But, when Charles turned 70 in 2018, William paid a “warm tribute” to his dad. The Daily Mail also points out that Charles became kind of a peacemaker between William and Harry when William allegedly advised his brother to slow down with Meghan Markle. Charles and William have also reportedly bonded over being king one day, and that William’s son Prince George will one day follow them.
We can’t know for sure if William’s forgiveness was just a metaphorical move that he did one day while meditating, or if he actually told his dad that he forgives him for not being the Prince Dad of his dreams. But the point is, they’re all good now. All that remains is for Charles and William to fix their allegedly bad relationship with Harry, who made it very clear back in January that he doesn’t want to be part of their club anymore. Maybe they can tempt him to come back by promising him an uptight British father-and-son photoshoot, just like the one William and Charles had. “Harry, please – I’ll be fun, son. William will even let you wear the tweed flat cap!”