There are two bits of William news I would like to discuss. First, there is a Mirror article about his next career move (hint: it’s not full-time royal work). Second, there is a Robert Jobson article about how William wants to modernize the Monarchy by doing things “his way”.
William reportedly wants a job in the Foreign Office to help prepare him for when he is king. It would be a “full-time position” as he is keen to have a full-time job—as long as it has nothing to do with royal duties and allows for lots of vacation time. A source said: “He will come to the end of his ‘transitional year’ in the autumn and has made it clear he wishes to begin full-time work again.”
Look, if William really wanted to learn all this agriculture and government stuff to prepare him for when he’s king, he should have been doing that as soon as he left university instead of wasting his time with the military. I fully support the military and those who work in the military, but for William, his military job was always BS. He should never have been a pilot in the first place given that he wears corrective lenses, and to be frank, he was never going to serve the way Harry has (since he’s the heir) and he was never going to be a lifer so there was no point at all in him wasting time and resources and a position that could have been given to someone more deserving who would have stayed longer. I understand that a military stint is traditional for royals, but it’s a complete waste of time, at least for the direct heir. If William had spent those years he wasted with his military training on learning all this agriculture and government stuff then he would be prepared and be ready to do full-time royal duties now, but instead he insists on BSing around. He’s in is 30s, he needs to figure his sh-t out. And let’s be clear, his agriculture and Foreign Office stints are BS, too. He doesn’t give a crap about any of this, it’s just an excuse for him to not go full-time royal.
This leads me into the second article, the Robert Jobson one. Goodness. I appreciate that it isn’t over the top with its sycophancy (I’ve read way more sycophantic articles about him and/or Kate), but it is still pretty bad. It’s all about how William is doing everything “his way” and how he wants to “modernize” the Monarchy and how he’s shaping things for the future. There are so many nitpicky things I could point out, but that would make my post too long. Instead I think I’ll go with an overview of my opinion on William.
This comparison may seem strange at first, but go with me for a moment. William, in my mind, is very similar to Justin Bieber. Bieber acts like a spoiled brat, and hates the media for attacking him—because he’s totally the victim and everything he does should just be forgiven because he’s so totally awesome and has a bunch of money and he’s 19 so that means he can do whatever he wants and it’s fine (don’t you remember what you were doing at 19! *I do remember what I was doing at 19, and it wasn’t drunk driving and hitting up brothels and every other nasty and/or rude thing Bieber has done, just saying*). William is the same. He acts like a spoiled brat, and then hates the media for daring to criticize his actions. He’s a royal—and the heir no less—so he should get to do whatever he wants and he’s always right, and how dare the press want to know anything about him (he’s totally the victim, he just wants to live a nice normal quiet life of luxury on the taxpayer’s dime, y’all, how dare you expect things from him) and how dare anyone criticize him, don’t you know everything he does is right—he’s the heir! Prince William and Justin Bieber, two peas in a pod, they’re both spoiled babies whining in their booster seats.
In my opinion, William doing things “his way” and breaking protocol and tradition has little to do with modernizing or shaping his future monarchy (which may never come to pass) and more to do with his lack of respect and selfishness and spoiled behavior.
William has, as the firstborn, been spoiled since childhood. But William was especially spoiled after Diana died. The royals felt bad that he lost his mother and therefore gave him everything he wanted and never told him “no”. That “never telling him no” thing continues to this day. There is a sycophancy that surrounds Prince William, and it isn’t coming from the media, it’s coming from his own office and family. They let him do whatever he wants and if they do advise him on things, he doesn’t listen (because he’s totally right about everything and anyone telling him no is just being a hater).
William is a spoiled brat, plain and simple. And until he is shown some serious tough love, he will continue his spoiled ways and not give a damn about doing his public duty—who cares what the peasants think anyway, right. William may be doing things “his way”, and some may think that’s great, but they are missing the bigger, bratty picture. Actually, they’re not missing the bigger picture, they’re trying to form a public image for him of “the modern royal who is breaking tradition and launching the Monarchy into the 21st century”. It’s the same image they’ve been trying to sell us this entire time, only repackaged. They’re taking the whiny baby and trying to sell him as a modern, independent royal. The problem is the PR and his actions don’t match. They may want to sell him as a modern, independent royal, but he has shown himself to be merely a whiny baby.