Prince William and Kate Middleton Will Hit ‘Bump in the Road’ Once the Queen Dies and Prince Charles Is King, Expert Says

It’s nothing something anyone likes to think about but there will come a time when Queen Elizabeth II is no longer with us. At the time of her death, Prince Charles will become Britain’s new monarch. While he will be the king immediately after his mother takes her last breath, Charles’ coronation ceremony will not take place until a few months later in order to allow time to grieve the previous monarch.

During Charles’ reign Prince William and Kate Middleton will remain a focus as the Duke of Cambridge prepares to be the next king and according to an expert, that reality could test his relationship with his wife a bit.

(L to R): Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, and Kate Middleton standing on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the finale of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations
(L to R): Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, and Kate Middleton standing on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the finale of the queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations | Stefan Wermuth – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Expert says Prince William and Kate will experience ‘bump in the road’ when Charles is crowned

Prince William and Kate’s relationship has been in the spotlight since they began dating back in the early 2000s. Despite two briefs splits, from the outside, their relationship has always appeared to be solid. But according to relationship expert, Neil Wilkie it may not all be smooth sailing when William’s father takes the throne.

“The next bump in the road will be when Queen Elizabeth dies, and Charles becomes king,” Wilkie told Express. “That’s going to be the point at which William will have a clearer idea of how many years it’s going to be before he becomes king.”

Wilkie also spoke about all the changes Charles is poised to implement as the sovereign and how that differs from William’s vision.

Members of the royal family watching the flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour
Members of the royal family watching the flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

“There’ll be a change in the way in which the royalty governs the country because Charles has got different ideas to Queen Elizabeth,” Wilkie explained. “It’ll be interesting to see whether King Charles just holds the fort for William or whether he tries to be the king that he’s always wanted to be and maybe creates a more difficult handover for William.”

The expert added that Charles is “obviously very strongly environmentally focused. He clearly has been in touch with ministers wanting to know what’s happening. Wanting to in some subtle way shape government policy, which is very different from the way in which Queen Elizabeth has run the royalty. So, will he do that? Because I think William is in some ways more of a traditionalist than Charles is. I think William will be king much more in the image of his grandmother than in his father’s.”

Other ways the duke and duchess’s lives will change when Charles is the monarch

How Charles governs and if it will affect his son and daughter-in-law’s relationship at all remains to be seen. But we do know that there will be a number of changes for William and Kate when Charles ascends the throne.

Prince Charles, Kate Middleton, and Prince William laughing and joking with one another during a visit to Dumfries House in Scotland
Prince Charles, Kate Middleton, and Prince William laughing and joking with one another during a visit to Dumfries House in Scotland | Danny Lawson – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Royal historian Marlene Koenig previously told HELLO! that William will gain another title at that time as he will be given his father’s regal Prince of Wales title. That means that Middleton will then have the Princess of Wales title that the late Princess Diana went by.

Another thing that will change is the Cambridges’ amount of wealth. Once Charles is crowned, Kate and William will be entitled to the profits from the Duchy of Cornwall, which is reportedly worth more than $1 billion.

Finally, once Charles succeeds his mother the line of succession will change as Prince William will become the heir apparent and Prince George will move up to second in line. The Cambridges’ daughter, Princess Charlotte, will then be third in line. And Will and Kate’s youngest child, Prince Louis, will go from fifth in line to fourth.

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