Prince William and Kate arguing over George's role in King's coronation

  • 21/03/2023
Prince William and Kate arguing over George's role in King's coronation
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Prince William and Kate Middleton are reportedly arguing over their eldest son's role in his grandfather's coronation as King.

King Charles' coronation is on May 6 and the couple is "worried that it will be too much" for the nine-year-old to take part. They have concerns it could create opportunities for public backlash, royal commentator Tom Quinn told the New York Post

Quinn is the author of The Gilded Youth: A History of Growing up in the Royal Family and alleges that "there is a bit of an argument going on about whether George should play a more formal role" in the coronation. 

He believes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have concerns over whether George is too young to take on such royal duties. 

"It's almost an echo of the way William and [Prince] Harry were sometimes made to attend formal occasions that they shouldn't have been made to attend," Quinn told the New York Post.  

The New York Post reports that many events the brothers attended while young, and the roles they took up, garnered public outrage and it's likely that the family fears this response for their own son.

One of the most famous incidents of this was when a teenage Prince William and an adolescent Prince Harry walked alongside their mother's coffin at her funeral. 

A lot of people criticised this choice and believed it was horrible to make the young boys take on such a public role while grieving.

Quinn told the New York Post the family is conscious of going back too far towards traditional roles when it comes to their children and are yet to make up their mind on the right choice.

"There is a debate going on quite fiercely at the moment about how to do that. And, as far as I've heard, it hasn't been decided yet," Quinn told the New York Post.

UK news outlets reported the leaked plans on Saturday, showing the children's proposed roles in the coronation, but these are yet to be confirmed.