Wills’ ‘unexpected’ gesture on plane ‘smoothed path to being King’, experts say

Journalists who accompanied Prince William and Kate Middleton on a royal trip to Pakistan claim he made an "unexpected" gesture that showed him preparing to become King.

William, who is second-in-line to the throne behind father Prince Charles, has had disputes with the media in the past who have previously labelled him “workshy Wills”.

New BBC documentary The Princes and The Press examined the turbulent relationship between the Royal Family and the media.

Harry reportedly "glowered" at press members during one trip but royal journalists who accompanied his brother William claimed that he had been friendly towards them during a different royal tour.

In the most recent episode, broadcast last night (November 29), journalists who accompanied the Cambridges on a royal visit to Pakistan in October 2019 suggested that Wills' positive approach to the media had helped to set him up for a role as the future monarch.

While on board their private jet with the press, Robert Jobson remembered that Wills was comfortable briefing the journalists on the trip, noting: “He was discussing all sorts of issues; why we were here, why we were going to Pakistan, the importance of security, all off the record, but I saw him really mature in that respect.”

And, Sky News’ royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills recalled one event when William even greeted the press informally.

“We were on the plane to Pakistan and asked to go to the front of the plane, and basically told by Prince William, ‘thanks for coming’. [It was] really unexpected, he said ‘you should all take this as a group hug’," she recalled.

Roya Nikkah, the Sunday Times’ royal editor, suggested that these gestures of kindness towards the press will help the prince on his journey towards eventually becoming monarch.

“Has William making peace with the media smoothed the path towards his time in the monarchy when it comes to it? Yes it probably has,” she claimed.

“But he would rather have a relationship with the media where he feels it can go both ways.”

This comes as the Duchess of Sussex's lawyer hit out at reports that Meghan had "bullied" royal staff during her time in Buckingham Palace.

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