Prince William and wife Kate are set to be addressed by name and NOT title in a huge shake-up of royal protocol.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge want to scrap stuffy formality – including curtsies and bows – when on duty.A royal source said they were motivated by their disastrous Caribbean tour.The source said: “They want to be more approachable, less formal, less stuffy and break away with a lot of the tradition.”
The Sunday Mirror has learned the prince plans to tear up the rule book to “move with the times.”After the couple’s disastrous Caribbean tour, William is said to be focused on a streamlined, modern monarchy to ensure its survival.
A source revealed: “When the team arrived back in London the couple “The general consensus was that the tour seemed out of date, out of touch, too formal and stuffy.“So now it’s more ‘Wills and Kate’ instead of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge… ‘Just call me Wills’ type of thing.
“They want to try to avoid the bows and curtsies in public, be more approachable, less formal, less stuffy, and break away with a lot of the tradition and focus on a modern monarchy.”William and Kate were shaken by criticism of their Caribbean tour in March – heralded as a PR disaster.
There were imperialistic undertones as the couple shook hands with well-wishers standing behind a a metal cage fence in Trenchtown, Jamaica.A Twitter user captured the public mood at the time, posting: “Everything about this is wrong.”
And author Omid Scobie, who co-wrote Finding Freedom – about Prince Harry and wife Meghan – wrote: “Fans climbing walls, reaching through railings etc is nothing new – seen it on every tour.”“One of the big mistakes they pinpointed was echoing the Queen and Prince Phillip’s military parade, standing up in the open-top Land Rover.
“In retrospect, the team decided that this was one of the main symbols that showed the Royal Family hadn’t changed and moved on with the times. It portrayed a very elitist and out of touch monarchy, and this can no longer be the image it should portray in order to survive.”
According to our source William and Kate “are perceived as the royal stars” – and the Queen believed the younger generation of royals would “cement the monarchy’s position globally and secure the Commonwealth”.The source added: “It was a shock to them all. A real eye-opener. This is what prompted institutional change within the monarchy. Otherwise, they just wouldn’t survive.”