Does Being Married to Kate Middleton Make the Role of Future King Bearable for Prince William?

When Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge married Prince William on April 29, 2011, she took on a role few people will ever understand becoming a member of the royal family and bride to the future king.

William knows what his role one day will entail but has never seemed to embrace it until he and Kate tied the knot, leaving many to wonder if being married to her has made his destiny more bearable for him.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Does Prince William want to be king?

William never seemed too thrilled with the fact that he’ll be king one day. That’s likely because of what has to happen first.

Both his grandmother and father have to die before he ascends the throne. No one wants to think about losing a loved one but that will be William’s reality when he becomes the monarch. That said, he understands that he has to fulfill the role he has been preparing for his whole life.

Being with Kate likely makes that bearable for him because of how she has handled royal life.

Kate transitioned seamlessly into her role, making things easier for Will

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton Ben Stansall – WPA Pool / Getty Images

We know from what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have said about being in the spotlight and their decision to leave royal life behind, that there are tremendous pressures that come along with being a part of England’s most famous family. But Kate handles those pressures the way royals are expected to.

As royal commentator Rupert Bell explained, “In a way, Kate is a traditional, English rose as it were” and she understands the British “stiff upper lip” mentality.

An insider agreed telling People that the duchess “knows the importance of the institution and her role to play. She knows that being a member of the royal family is a bit like having a contract, you sign on the dotted line and you deliver. Kate is in her element right now, she’s really stuck at it and persevered with what she believes in.”

Kate’s understanding and acceptance of the royal way is obviously an asset to William.

What will change for Kate and their children when William is crowned?

Kate Middleton and Prince William
Kate Middleton and Prince William | Dominic Lipinski/Getty Images

Being married to William also means that Kate’s title will change a few times. When Prince Charles becomes the monarch the duchess will have the option to use the Princess of Wales title; which is closely associated with William’s late mother Princess Diana. Then once William ascends the throne, she will be his queen consort.

Their children’s places in the line of succession will change as well.

Prince George will be the heir apparent and if he does not have children of his own at the time his sister, Charlotte, will then be second in line over their younger brother, Louis. This is due to the Succession to the Crown Act, which amended the system so that males no longer take precedence over their older sisters. 

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