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Prince William will ‘shield’ his wife from mounting pressure to step up duties amid King’s cancer diagnosis, claims former royal press secretary – as Prince and Princess of Wales’ social media account mark Children’s Mental Health Week

Prince William will likely give his wife as much space to recuperate as possible, according to the former press secretary to Queen Elizabeth II.

Ailsa Anderson, speaking to Camilla Tominey on GBNews, said she believes the Prince of Wales, 41, will ‘shield’ his wife from the fallout as she recovers, as well as caring for their three children.

This comes amid mounting pressure on the Prince, who is also stepping up his duties as his father King Charles, 75, battles cancer.

Ailsa’s message about William comes as the Wales mark Children’s Mental Health Week on their social media account.

The former press secretary said: ‘I think William will try and shield her from as much of that pressure as possible. I hear they’ve gone to Sandringham for half term week next week, to recuperate.

Prince William (pictured, left) is likely to give his wife Kate (pictured, right) the space to recuperate, according to to the former press secretary to Queen Elizabeth II, Ailsa Anderson
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Prince William (pictured, left) is likely to give his wife Kate (pictured, right) the space to recuperate, according to to the former press secretary to Queen Elizabeth II, Ailsa Anderson

‘And I think he will try and give her as much space as she needs to recuperate.’

She also addressed critics who have accused the Wales of not doing enough before the Princess of Wales, 42, had surgery.

Ailsa said: ‘Give them a break! For Prince William, family and duty go hand in hand.’

According to Ailsa, Prince William does ‘not want to want to overshadow’ his father and his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II when she was reigning monarch’.

This, she added, was despite the ‘stardust’ given to him and Princess Kate.

Ailsa continued: ‘When the Queen became Queen, she was 26 years old, so she had that stardust too.

‘She was that glamorous, young, fragile, beautiful queen. So actually that happened to her as well.’

Continuing, she said that she believes William is ‘very much his own man, and he will step up in the way he wants to do it’.

And that, the former press secretary, may be ‘a bit differently from what’s gone before. There’s no real rule book’.

She continued: ‘We don’t know what they’re doing behind the scenes.

The royal (pictured) is also picking up some extra strain because his father King Charles is undergoing treatment for cancer
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The royal (pictured) is also picking up some extra strain because his father King Charles is undergoing treatment for cancer

‘There are meetings, there is paperwork, there’s planning. And also they’ve got three small children.’

Despite the current medical stresses currently blighting The Firm, the Kensington Palace X (formerly Twitter) account, marked Children’s Mental Health Week with a Tweet in recent days.

They shared a message which said: ‘Shining a light on the importance of mental wellbeing for the youngest members of our society during

The Kensington Royal Twitter account posted a message this week to mark Children's Mental Health Week

The Kensington Royal Twitter account posted a message this week to mark Children’s Mental Health Week

‘#ChildrensMentalHealthWeek

‘Early childhood surroundings, relationships, experiences and development shape mental health in childhood and later life. This thread offers support from various organisations and resources for parents, guardians and families.’

Fairly little is known about Kate’s condition other than she went for abdominal surgery.

It’s also known that she spent a fairly lone time – around two weeks in hospital to recover, and that she is unlikely to undertake public engagements until around Easter.

However, the couple did reveal several days ago via Instagram that the royal was leaving hospital after around a two-week stay so she could recuperate at home.

 

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