Why Prince William and Kate Middleton Are Intentionally Breaking Royal Tradition Amidst COVID-19

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders. Not only is Prince William set to be the future king — following his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and his father, Prince Charles — but he and his wife have the added duty of raising three small children to be good global citizens.

In recent months, the royal family has been dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. While they are likely under the same amount of stress as many other people all around the world, a source recently revealed that Prince William and Kate are trying to do their part to keep people’s spirits up. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton are usually very formal

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

For generations, the royal family has been known to be incredibly formal. They avoid displays of affection in public, practice very strict and polite greetings, and wear clothes that are always appropriate for any occasion. The royal “rules” that the family follows helps to maintain uniformity within the royal ranks and presents a united front to the public.

Prince William and Kate are no exception. They have been together since the early 2000s. Although they were photographed getting cozy in the early years of their relationship, ever since they went public with their romance, Kate and Prince William have followed royal protocol pretty strictly.

While they have always seemed happy together, it is rare that royal watchers will spot Kate and Prince William holding hands, much less hugging or kissing in public. This is not because they don’t love each other — rather, they are just following the guidelines so beloved by Queen Elizabeth. 

Kate Middleton and Prince William have been ‘letting their guard down’

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With the coronavirus outbreak hitting England particularly hard, it seems that the royal family is also thinking of ways to try to give people hope for the future. Recently, Katie Nicholl, a noted royal expert, opened up about how the royals are dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak, revealing that the royals are trying to bring some joy and light into people’s lives.

“We are a nation in the middle of a crisis and it’s times like this we turn to the royal family for support, comfort, and hope,” she stated, reports Page Six. “And, I think the Cambridges have really stepped up to the plate providing a nice dose of entertainment for us, and of course, it’s a real treat for royal fans seeing so much of the Cambridge children.” 

Nicholl revealed that the royals “letting their guard down” is an intentional move on the part of Prince William and Kate and that they are doing things they might not normally do — such as Prince William even participating in a comedy sketch on television.

“The royal family has gone to great lengths not to be seen to be aloof or distant or unreadable,” said Nicholl.

What’s next for Prince William and Kate Middleton?

It’s hard to know what the future holds, as each day becomes more and more uncertain. Certainly, the royals will be dealing with the coronavirus fallout for years to come, in one form or another.

While, for now, the queen continues to work from the confines of her palace and the rest of the royals remain in quarantine, at some point things will have to change. And, when they do, people will always remember the darker days, when Prince William and Kate broke with royal tradition in order to better connect with them.