Kate Middleton played a central role in healing the supposedly troubled relationship between her husband and his dad, it’s claimed.
The Duchess of Cambridge was reportedly the royal who helped organised a family portrait of Prince Charles for his 70th birthday in 2018.
The 39-year-old mum-of-three is said to have made sure that three generations of Windsor were there for the big day.
Despite William and Harry reportedly enduring a rough patch in their relationship at the time, the Royals are all smiles in the joyous photo.
The Daily Mail reports that Kate was instrumental in making the portrait happen, which sees Prince George and Princess Charlotte beaming and cosying up to their grandparents.
There have been long standing claims that Charles, 72, was unhappy he did not get to see enough of the Cambridges.
In an interview two years ago to mark Charles 70th birthday Prince William echoed the sentiment.
He said: “I would like him to have more time with the children… to, you know, play around with the grandchildren.
“When he’s there, he’s brilliant, but we need him there as much as possible.”
To this end Kate urged Charles to visit their home Amner Hall last summer and took on the logistical challenge of getting her family back home from the Isles of Scilly to coincide with his visit.
In doing so, the next in line to the throne was able to give his grandson George a seventh birthday present in person, it has been reported.
Kate also snapped a symbolic photo of Charles and his eldest son on William’s birthday, in which the dad can be seen resting his head on her husband’s shoulder.
The Duchess’s efforts appear to have paid off.
One royal insider told the Mail : “He’s giving William much more input.
“He realises that his own reign will be a shorter one than his son’s, and therefore it is crucial that William is involved in all long-term planning.
“They have been spending more time together and are much more aligned.”
In the past there has appeared to be a rift between William, 38, and his dad.
The Duke of Cambridge is said to have previously preferred to spend his time focusing on his life in Norfolk, four hours away from his dad in Gloucestershire.
When William was asked to appear in a TV show celebrating his dad’s work for the Duchy of Cornwall, an aide said he was “not doing anything more for his father”.
The Duke of Cambridge was reportedly unhappy when Charles issued an official photo of himself featuring framed pictures of his grandkids in the background.
But the pair’s relationship is since said to have improved.
A source told Vanity Fair that Charles and William are now on much more stable ground.
“It’s no secret that Charles and his son have had ups and downs in the past, but the relationship today is very solid and strong,” the source told the publication.
“It is built on love, affection and respect.
“They are on the same wavelength these days and when Charles talks about William it is with great pride.”
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