How Prince William was ‘paternal figure to his own father’ in heartbreaking revelation

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Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is currently on a tour in Pakistan with his wife Kate Middleton.

A body language expert has told Express.co.uk how the Duchess of Cambridge looks “authentically happy” with William, on the trip without their three children. 

William and Kate are relatively hands-on parents, given the tradition for nannies and boarding school in the monarchy.

A body language expert has revealed how this tradition impacted the relationship between Charles and William.

Judi James told Express.co.uk: “William had neither a long-term dominant mother or father figure in his life.”

She explained how it was often William who took on a fatherly position in his family, after the death of his mother.

“Many moments from the time Diana died onward suggest he became a semi-paternal figure to both Harry and his own father,” Judi said.

“He could be seen egging a peevish-sounding Charles into poses for the press and his sense of caution and duty and ‘getting things right’ seems to stem from lessons learnt from the soap opera and tragedy of both Charles and Diana.”

William opened up about Princess Diana’s death in 1997, and how he coped.

In 2017 he told ITV: It’ll either make or break you. And I wouldn’t let it break me. I wanted her to be proud of the person I would become.

“I didn’t want her worried or her legacy to be that William and/or Harry were completed and utterly devastated by it.”

Prince Harry added that Prince Charles had been “there for us” and that he “tried to make sure we were protected”.

However, Judi claimed it is evident that William and his children enjoy a strong bond now.

“William is always fully-immersed in his family unit and his relaxed style with his children suggests he has been totally involved with their upbringing,” Judi said.

“He looks at his most relaxed and confident with Kate and the kids and his role with them often looks more important to him than his future destiny.”

There have been some rumours that Kate Middleton is pregnant again while in Pakistan, with some suggesting she may even be carrying twins. 

One Twitter user wrote: “Is she or isn’t she preggy? I’ll be happy if she is.. Crossing my fingers that she’ll have twins-a double treat.”

And they might find their wishes fulfilled, as Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on Kate Middleton giving birth to twins next year.

The bookies make the Duchess of Cambridge 1/5 to give birth next year, but 4/1 now says she has twins.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Punters are seemingly confident Kate is going to give birth next year, and plenty reckon we’ll soon be welcoming royal twins into the world.”

The royal line of succession – who outranks who?

The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.

It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.

Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.

Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.

The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.

Prince Charles, 70, is currently second-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 37, his oldest son.

Then comes Prince William’s children, George, five, Charlotte, three, and Louis, almost one, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 34. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May.

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