Prince William was ‘happy to let Kate Middleton take centre stage’ at Wimbledon because they have ‘struck the perfect balance’ in public and ‘refuse to compete with each other’, royal expert claims
- Richard Fitzwilliams says the royal couple, both 41, ‘work superbly as a team’
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Prince William was ‘happy to let Kate Middleton take centre stage’ at Wimbledon as they have ‘struck the perfect balance in public’, a royal expert has claimed.
The Prince and Princess of Wales, both 41, were joined by their children Prince George, nine, and Princess Charlotte, eight, to watch Carlos Alcaraz’s triumph over Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final yesterday afternoon.
In her role as Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the mother-of-three watched the match – which lasted over four and a half hours – from the Royal Box before presenting the two players with their trophies on the court.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told FEMAIL that Prince William and Kate Middleton’s dynamic at Wimbledon shows how they ‘work superbly as a team’.
When the couple arrived at SW19, the Prince of Wales was pictured walking behind his wife and children – with Kate leading the group while holding Charlotte’s hand.
Pictured: The Princess of Wales led her family onto the court yesterday ahead of the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final
What’s more, Kate also led the family into the Royal Box – while Prince William followed Prince George.
Commenting on the family’s engagement yesterday, Richard said: ‘The Prince and Princess of Wales work superbly as a team.
‘Catherine was centre stage because she is Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
‘A tennis enthusiast herself, the role is ideal for her.
‘There is no question that Catherine radiated confidence. It has been a delight to see this grow over the years.’
The expert then went on to highlight how the Prince and Princess of Wales don’t try to outshine each other in public – something that is believed to have been an issue in King Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage.
Richard continued: ‘There is no comparison whatever to the desperately unhappy relationship between Charles and Diana and the perfect balance William and Catherine have struck both publicly and privately.
‘She was the Patron and presented the trophy and the runners up plate and was centre stage, [Prince William] seemed totally relaxed without an official role.’
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams says the Prince and Princess of Wales, both 41, ‘work superbly as a team’
Pictured: The Prince and Princess of Wales seated in the front row of the Royal Box at Wimbledon yesterday
Although the couple have previously shown off their competitive spirit on engagements, the expert said the Prince and Princess of Wales have no problem taking a step back to let the other one ‘take centre stage’.
He continued: ‘They enjoy competing in games for fun and often do when on tour to the delight of their hosts, but they do not compete with each other.
‘This was a glorious Wimbledon final and the Waleses were undoubtedly happy to be a pivotal part of it given Catherine’s role as Patron.
‘Their chemistry together is ideal, it is also imperative that it is, as the future of the monarchy largely depends on it.’
Pictured: The Princess of Wales presented 20-year-old Carlos Alcaraz with the trophy yesterday
The royal expert said: ”This was a glorious Wimbledon final and the Waleses were undoubtedly happy to be a pivotal part of it given Catherine’s role as Patron.’
The Princess of Wales, beamed as she congratulated the 20-year-old Spaniard and handed him his trophy – who emotionally held it up to the crowd who had backed him throughout the nearly five-hour long game.
Princess Charlotte looked adorable in a blue floral dress as she arrived at the All England Club with her parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and her nine-year-old brother, Prince George.
Ahead of the gentlemen’s final between Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz, the family met with hard working ball boys and girls – and Princess Charlotte was even lucky enough to make a fuss of police dog Stella.
On her first ever visit to the Wimbledon Championships, Charlotte also chatted to Mu’awwiz Anwar, who performed the coin toss ahead of the match.
But Louis, the youngest member of the family, was unhappy that he couldn’t join them despite practising being a ballboy this year.
Yesterday, the Princess of Wales told Ella Ottaway, who runs the All England Club’s young people programme: ‘It’s Charlotte’s first time, George came last year. They’ve been eagerly watching.
‘Charlotte, you’ve been getting to grips with the scoring. Louis was very upset he wasn’t coming today.’ After their conversation, 16-year-old ballboy Joel revealed that Louis ‘tries to practise the standing and staying serious like us’.
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