Prince William Accused of Upstaging Prince Charles Again By Royal Experts

Prince William is following in his father’s footsteps. Prince Charles opened the first Nightingale hospital in London at the beginning of the month and the Duke of Cambridge just launched another one in Birmingham. The royals took part in their respective openings via video conference, and royal experts believe that William upstaged his father by giving a better presentation.

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Prince William follows Prince Charles’s lead

The Nightingale hospitals were opened because of the coronavirus pandemic. Charles dedicated the first hospital in London at the start of April and William followed his lead by opening the second in Birmingham.

Both of the openings featured a similar format with William and Charles speaking to the hospital staff on a big screen. The royals are currently in isolation and have been conducting royal engagements via video for safety.

According to Express, Prince William kicked off the event by speaking to a handful of staffers prior to the big opening and thanked them for their work on the front lines.

“He spoke ahead of the opening to some of the staff that had been involved in the build of this hospital,” royal expert Lizzie Robinson shared. “He thanked them all for their ‘Herculean effort’ that it’s taken to turn this site into a hospital so quickly, whether that’s military staff, medical staff, logistical staff.”

Robinson added that William was later projected on a big screen, where he thanked all of the staff for helping get the hospital up and running. While this is the second Nightingale hospital the royals have dedicated, Robinson and her fellow expert, Chris Ship, argued that William’s opening was far better than the first.

Did William upstage his father?

Ship pointed out how the organizers of the Birmingham opening did a better job spacing people out and practicing social distancing. The big screen that was used for William’s presentation was also more visible, something that may have given him a slight edge over his father.

“They’d all been spaced out and they were watching Prince William on this giant screen,” Ship stated. “Actually I thought it was slightly better than the London one because Prince Charles was outside on quite a small screen.”

Robinson agreed with Ship’s assessment. She added that Charles’s presentation was difficult to see because it was outside, a technical glitch the royals figured out for Prince William’s event.

During his speech, William credited the National Health Service for funding the emergency medical center to deal with the pandemic. He then praised the NHS staff for “their selfless commitment” and for “pulling together” the people of Britain.

William is currently staying at his country estate, Anmer Hall, with Kate Middleton and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

Prince William opens up about his father getting the coronavirus

Apart from the hospital opening, William recently opened up about his father’s battle with the coronavirus. According to Express, William revealed that he was worried about Charles when he first heard about the diagnosis, especially considering his age.

“I have to admit, at first I was quite concerned, he fits the profile of somebody, at the age he is at, which is fairly risky, and so I was a little bit worried,” Prince William admitted.

Charles tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of March. Luckily, he only suffered mild symptoms from the virus and was released from self-isolation a few weeks ago. He is currently living at his estate in Scotland with his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles.

William went on to say that Charles has battled through various “chest infections” and “colds” through the years and that he was confident his dad would make it out okay. So far, Charles is the only senior member of the royal family to test positive for the coronavirus.

“And so, I thought to myself, if anybody is going to be able to beat this, it’s going to be him. And actually, he was very lucky, he had mild symptoms,” Prince William added.

What does Prince Charles miss during the crisis?

William also revealed which activity his father misses the most during the pandemic. The Duke of Cambridge, who is second in line to the throne, explained how Charles is an avid walker and misses his daily strolls.

“He is a mad walker. Loves just waking. So I think he found it quite difficult,” William explained. “Especially, also I think with his mental health, being stuck inside and not being able to go for walks.”

Prince William assured royal watchers that the royals are doing everything in their power to protect the older members of the monarchy. This includes Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, who are isolating at Windsor Castle.

Queen Elizabeth departed Buckingham Palace at the beginning of March. Her Majesty travels to Windsor Castle every year for Easter and is expected to return to London once the current crisis is under control.

William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, are doing the same at Anmer Hall. They are also homeschooling their three kiddos because schools throughout the United Kingdom are currently closed.

Prince Charles has not commented on the reports surrounding Prince William’s recent engagement.