William and Kate have become the new Prince and Princess of Wales, King Charles has said.
It means William is following in his father’s footsteps, and Kate is the first person since Diana, Princess of Wales to use the title Diana wore when she was married to Charles.
In a speech to the nation, the King said: “With Catherine by his side, I know our new Prince and Princess of Wales will continue to inspire and lead our national conversations and help bring the marginalized to the fore, where vital help can be given”.
Catherine “appreciates the history that comes with this role, but will understandably want to look to the future as she forges her own path,” a source said.
“The couple is focused on deepening the trust and respect of the people of Wales over time,” they said, adding that the couple would approach their new roles “in the humble and humble way they do.” have started their work before”.
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said King Charles has enjoyed a “long and enduring friendship” with Wales and the country “looks forward to deepening our relationship with the new Prince and Princess of Wales”.
Queen consort, Camilla, was also technically the Princess of Wales when she married Charles in 2005, but never used the title due to her association with Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997.
Diana was stripped of her HRH style and her title was changed to Diana, Princess of Wales following her divorce the year before her death.
Not only did William inherit the title of Prince of Wales previously held by the King, but he also assumed his Scottish titles and succeeded him as Duke of Cornwall.
Hence William and Kate are also the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland.
King Charles said: “I am proud to make him Prince of Wales, Tywysog Cymru, the country whose title I have been so privileged to bear during so much of my life and duty.”
He added: “I would also like to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives abroad.”