A royal analyst has suggested that Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales, are “raising eyebrows” with the amount of time they have had off.
The pair “blocked off” the summer to devote more time to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louise.
This holiday season, the Prince and Princess of Wales are said to have spent time with their children at their Norfolk retreat on the Sandringham Estate, Anmer Hall on the Caribbean island of Mustique, and Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
A royal source said last month: “William and Kate have made it very clear that their children are their priority this summer holiday. They have blocked off much of the summer so that they can spend time with the children in the UK.”
The amount of time the couple has been gone has not gone unnoticed by members of the royal household, according to royal correspondent Richard Palmer, who warns that it could become an “issue” for the pair.
The royal commentator remarked on the current broadcast of the Royal Round Up that while they may have been working “behind the scenes,” they have had a “long, long time off” with their three children, unlike most families in the UK.
He said: “I do think that is an issue for them as well. They’re very popular, they’re a huge asset to the UK, but there have been eyebrows raised in other parts of the royal household about the amount of time they’re not doing official engagements.
“It may well be that they come under a little bit of pressure to up their number of engagements…”
Furthermore, he emphasized that there aren’t many families in the UK where both parents can afford to spend the majority of the school holidays with their children.
He added: “There aren’t many families where both the father and mother can have 12 or 13 weeks with their children on all of their school breaks. I think there’s an awful lot of goodwill towards them but they do need to keep an eye on that.”
Princess Anne, considered “the hardest-working royal,” had 214 engagements last year.
Her older brother finished second, with a total of 181 engagements in 2022. The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh were third and fourth on the list, with 143 and 138 royal engagements in 2022, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales completed 126 royal engagements, while Kate trailed behind with 90 royal engagements, ranking tenth among working royals.
Although the pair has not participated in as many engagements as others, the decision is considered understandable considering William’s upbringing.
Mr. Palmer continued: “The Princess of Wales has made it clear that her children will remain her priority for the foreseeable future and when you hear William and Harry talking about his childhood and how their father was always at his desk or away somewhere, you can perhaps understand why that is a priority.”
Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond complimented William for being “committed” to his royal duty while also prioritizing his family, according to a source.
She said: “With the late Queen’s ailing health, William probably had to step up to his full-time royal job quicker than he might have hoped, but you can see now how committed he is.
“However, I also very much admire the fact that he’s not a workaholic like his father, he knows how important family life is… He seems to be a full-on, hands-on, caring dad.”
William has previously commented on his father’s “workaholic” temperament, telling a BBC documentary titled Prince, Son, and Heir — Charles at 70, which was released in 2018, that he would like to spend more “family time” with the king.
The couple will take part in a royal engagement on September 8, the anniversary of the late Queen’s death. Charles and Queen Camilla are expected to spend the day privately at Balmoral Castle, where the last monarch died.