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William and Catherine now Prince and Princess of Wales

The title of Prince of Wales has been passed to William, the eldest son of Britain’s new King Charles, the monarch confirmed in a televised speech this evening.

He said: “Today, I am proud to create him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the country whose title I have been so greatly privileged to bear during so much of my life and duty.

“With Catherine beside him, our new Prince and Princess of Wales will, I know, continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginal to the centre ground where vital help can be given.”

The title the Princess of Wales was last used by William’s mother, Diana, when she was married to Charles.

Camilla, Britain’s new Queen consort, was also technically the Princess of Wales before Charles took the throne, but never used the title because of its association with Diana.

Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris on 31 August, 1997 at the age of 36.

A royal source said the Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge would aim to “create her own path” as Catherine takes on the role of Princess of Wales.

The source stated: “The new Princess of Wales appreciates the history associated with this role but will understandably want to look to the future as she creates her own path.

“The couple are focused on deepening the trust and respect of the people of Wales over time.

“The Prince and Princess of Wales will approach their roles in the modest and humble way they’ve approached their work previously.”

Diana Princess of Wales and Charles with their sons Harry and William in Venice in 1985

King Charles said William will also assume the Scottish titles “which have meant so much to me”, and succeeds him as the Duke of Cornwall.

Charles also mentioned his youngest son Harry and his wife Meghan in this evening’s address.

He told viewers: “I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.”

The Prince and Princess of Wales’ Twitter account has now changed to reflect their new titles.

The adjustment was made just a day after it was switched to the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, following the death of Queen Elizabeth.

William will have a much more visible public profile in the coming years, preparing for his later role as king, said Robert Hazell, professor of government and the constitution at University College London.

“William will have to undertake more of the load, so I have no doubt that there will be an increasing share of royal duty that William will assume,” he told AFP.

William, 40, has so far managed to carve a life largely out of the spotlight, taking on military and civilian jobs and as a hands-on father of three with his wife, Catherine, proving popular with the public.

From his birth on June 21, 1982, William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor was destined to become Britain’s future king.

Harry – the “spare” to William’s “heir” – came along two years later.

But both boys were treated the same in terms of education, with nannies and then boarding school from the age of eight.

William has yet to respond publicly to Harry’s claim that he and their father are “trapped” by convention.

But it is clear he appreciates the need to portray himself as a safe pair of hands to ensure the British monarchy’s future survival.

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