Prince William and Kate Middleton have a big future ahead of them as the King and Queen Consort of the United Kingdom. The two have been married since 2011, and together they’ve become some of the most well-liked members of the royal family.
These days, the public already wishes the two would step into their higher-up roles. But it doesn’t look like William and Kate have that same desire to take over the throne quickly.
Prince Harry once said that nobody wants to be king or queen
It doesn’t look like anyone in the family is jumping at the chance to rule. Prince Harry, William’s younger brother, once said that nobody in the family actually wants to be king or queen. There is a lot of responsibility that comes with the job, and most family members are relieved that the pressure isn’t on them to take over.
“Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time,” Harry said during an interview in 2017. That right there is reason enough to assume that William and Kate are perfectly fine waiting their turn.
William and Kate understand that they’re not taking the throne any time soon
The most important thing that the public needs to realize is that, realistically, William and Kate will not take the throne for a very long time. The royal family has great genes; Queen Elizabeth is still spunky at 93, and Prince Philip is 98. Plus, the queen’s mother lived to be 101. With Charles only 71, he’s actually relatively young by royal standards.
It could be another 30 years before William and Kate become king and queen consort, and they fully understand this. Of course, they’ve been doing things to prepare just in case, but they don’t expect to be crowned any year soon.
William said he doesn’t see being king as a ‘priority’ right now
Back in 2016, William said outright that he doesn’t think of being king as a “priority.” William understands that it likely isn’t a role he’ll see for a long time. “I don’t lie awake at night waiting to be king,” he said in an interview.
“… There’s the time now and the space to explore the means of doing another worthwhile job,” William said, meaning he enjoys doing public service in his own capacity and not according to the rules he’d need to follow when he becomes king.
William and Kate are working to give their kids normal lives
There’s another incredibly important factor in William and Kate’s lives: Their children. Kate has said in the past that she wants to emulate her own upbringing for her kids — one that doesn’t include the fanfare of royal life. While that’s nearly impossible, the two are working to give their kids the most normal life possible.
The longer William can delay becoming king, the better chance he has at raising his kids with a bit more privacy. William recalls what it was like to grow up in an intense spotlight, and he and Kate would probably love to see their kids fully grow up and be there for all of their most important moments before they need to take the throne.