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The royals focus on key charitable causes, unlike old-fashioned commitments such as launching local facilities and market tours, it is suggested. This development may be due in part to the arrival of technology that allows members of the Royal Family to be seen and complete certain engagements without leaving their residences.
Ian Lloyd, author of ‘The Duke: A Life in 100 Chapters’, told Express.co.uk: “It seems they are moving away from the royal duties they used to do, in terms of typical duties, by example, if the queen came to Manchester, she would go and open a concert hall, then maybe visit a school or an exhibition, then have lunch with the mayor.
“These are things that are disappearing.
“And I think they are being replaced by causes.
“We saw the Earthshot Prize with Prince William, mental health and so on.
Members of the royal family seem to be ‘moving away’ from their traditional functions – expert
Prince Charles on a visit to Wales
“These aren’t individual royal engagements like opening a school – much of this work can now be done virtually.
“The nature of how the royal family operates is changing.
“In the Queen’s early years she had to tour the UK because people could see her then, they didn’t have TVs, iPhones etc, now it’s so easy to get them. show doing different things.
“I think the very nature of being a working royal is changing.”
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Kate focused much of her royal work on the early years
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has been working on early childhood for a decade and how experiences in the first five years of life can impact adult development.
To deepen her understanding of the issue, she collaborated with organizations focused on children’s health, youth education and addictions.
Along with Prince William and Prince Harry, she has also worked on mental health and breaking down the stigma surrounding people with mental illness.
William and Kate’s interest in the cause of mental wellness found further applications during the pandemic, as it shed light on the impact of the crisis on frontline staff.
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Likewise, Prince William’s Earthshot Prize is the result of long-standing interest and work in the environment and conservation.
Older royals seem to perform their traditional royal duties more often, notes Mr Lloyd, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall often spending a day touring a town and meeting people, visiting businesses and shopping. launch new installations.
However, they also focus on more important causes. Camilla has been fighting domestic violence for years as the Prince of Wales focuses much of his royal work on the environment and sustainability.
The pandemic has likely helped tip the scales against one-time royal visits, as many can be done remotely.
The royal family tree
During the closures, several royals kept in touch with their customers via video calls.
The Queen participated in her very first video call instead of a royal visit in June 2020.
The virtual engagement, which Princess Anne also attended, took place to mark Caregiver Week.
During the call, mother and daughter paid tribute to unpaid caregivers and raised awareness of the unrecognized work they do every day caring for sick, frail or disabled family members and friends.
Prince William at the inaugural Earthshot Prize ceremony
The Queen has since embraced remote working, especially when it comes to hearings with foreign diplomats.
The monarch has also conducted most of her hearings with Prime Minister Boris Johnson remotely since the start of the pandemic, speaking to him weekly by phone.
Ian Lloyd The Duke: A Life in 100 Chapters, History Press, is now available in paperback.