Leaning on his family. King Charles III depends on his son Prince William and wife Camille after inheriting the throne from his late mother Queen Elizabeth II, a source tells exclusively We Weekly.
“King Charles calls Camilla his ‘tour de force,'” the insider reveals. “[He] says she makes him a better man. It’s obviously a tough time for him as he enters a new era without his beloved mother and he’s incredibly emotional.
Charles stepped into the role of king after Elizabeth passed away on Thursday, September 8. The late sovereign, who was the longest-serving monarch in British history, ‘passed away peacefully’ in her sleep aged 96 while at her Balmoral estate in Scotland, Buckingham. Palace announced at the time.
Camilla, 75, stepped out with Charles on her first day as Queen Consort on Friday to greet well-wishers outside Buckingham Palace. While it was a sad day for the couple, who married in 2005, it was also a monumental day as they assumed their new titles.
“[Charles] knows he will never upstage the Queen and doesn’t expect it, but he plans to make a difference in his own unique way,” the insider tells Weadding that he has “worked closely with Prince William in a lean monarchy”.
Later on Friday, the King gave his first speech as Britain’s new Royal Patriarch. In his remarks, Charles officially announced Camilla’s new title and said William and Kate, both 40, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, respectively. The Cambridges also inherited the respective titles of Prince of Wales and Princess of Wales, which once belonged to William’s father and late mother, Princess Diana.
During his address, the King also expressed his “love” for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they ‘continue to build their lives overseas’ in California – momentary royal pundit Gareth Russell said exclusively We was an ‘olive branch’ for the Sussexes amid royal tensions.
As another of his first proclamations as King, Her Majesty extended the country’s period of mourning for Elizabeth.
“Following the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, it is His Majesty the King’s wish that a period of royal mourning be observed from now until seven days after the Queen’s funeral,” read a statement from Friday, noting that a date for Elizabeth’s funeral has yet to be announced. To be announced. “Royal mourning will be observed by members of the Royal Family, Royal Household staff and representatives of the Royal Household on official duties, as well as troops engaged in ceremonial duties.”
Traditionally, after the death of a monarch, the country enters a 12-day period of mourning as staff uniforms change, TV comedy shows are halted and flags fly at half mast.
According to a second insider, while “members of the royal family knew Elizabeth’s end was near”, the family “struggles to come to terms with” the reality of her death.
As the King and Duke of Cornwall balance their new duties with their grief, the Duke of Sussex, 37, is particularly heartbroken by the death of his grandmother after he failed to arrive in Scotland in time to bid his last farewell.
‘Harry is guilty – full of grief and regret that he didn’t say goodbye to the Queen,’ the source said We. “They met a few times during the platinum jubilee, but he never expected that to be the last time he saw her.”
The Invictus Games founder officially stepped down from his royal duties in January 2020 to move to the United States with his wife Meghan Markle, but he has managed to maintain a close relationship with the late royal matriarch.
“He loved his grandmother with all his heart and is going through a terrible time right now,” the source adds. “The news hasn’t completely passed yet.”