Prince William Wants 'To Be More Relatable' To The Public & 'Modernize' The Monarchy When He Becomes King, Shares Source
Though Prince William is unlikely to take the throne anytime soon, a source claims he's "already" making plans for what he wants to do once it's his turn to rein.
First in line for Queen Elizabeth II's spot is his father, Prince Charles, but once he steps down, it will be William's chance to shine.
"William is already thinking about the future of the Monarchy and the changes he’ll make," a source spilled to Us Weekly. "While he respects protocol, he plans to modernize some aspects and is making it his mission to be more relatable than previous generations."
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Of course, being the leader of the family comes with constant scrutiny, but the father-of-three is ready to take it all on.
"William accepts that being in the spotlight is part of the job, and is fine with it," explained the source. "He takes his future role as King and seriously and sees at as a great honor and privilege to be in his position. The Monarchy and his family will always come first."
His image as a devoted family man will also help him relate to the public.
"He and [wife] Kate [Middleton] have successfully created a healthy balance of openness [in the public eye] while maintaining the sense of mystery that surrounds the royal family and keeps us engaged," the source noted. "Kate is his rock and they work as a team."
Since Prince Philip passed on April 9, William and the rest of the royal family are reportedly stepping up their game and have vowed to take on more duties alongside the Queen so she doesn't have to attend events alone.
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However, even at 95 years old, the matriarch has no intention of retiring anytime soon.
"She understands that she has a job to do, and [Philip] would have wanted her to crack on," a former royal aide told PEOPLE. "She did do so when he retired from public life."
Added another insider: "She will never abdicate because of duty and honor and public service is so deep in her, as it was for him."