Prince William wants to use Kate Middleton to ‘reinvent Prince of Wales role’

Prince William is reportedly planning to reinvent the role of Prince of Wales when his father Prince Charles becomes King.

The Duke of Cambridge is said to already be looking ahead to how he will carry out his new duties, which will see his wife Kate Middleton playing a key role.

Palace aides are said to be describing the strategy as “the Cambridge way”, with the Duchess expected to undertake more solo overseas tours and William to focus on a handful of charities.

William is said to be considering cutting the number of charities the Prince of Wales usually retains, with a focus on mental health, the environment and children's early years, the Daily Mirror reports.

The new strategy will reportedly harness the Duchess of Cambridge's popularity, with Kate increasingly sent on overseas tours alone.

William also intends to axe half of the estimated 140 members of staff working for the Prince of Wales when he takes over the role.

The Duke of Cambridge reportedly also favours more informal meet-and-greets over royal stage-managed events and has no plans to take over The Prince's Trust, which was founded by his dad in 1976.

The Cambridge blueprint marks a change from Charles' strategy as the Prince of Wales – but the new plans are not said to be a swipe at the future King.

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A source close to William told the Mail on Sunday: "This approach isn't a criticism of what has come before but just an acknowledgment of a desire for change.

"It's about hope and optimism for the future. What is driving the Duke and Duchess in everything they do is urgency plus optimism equals action.

"Many of the causes adopted by the Duke and Duchess, whether it's Earthshot or the early years work, also touches on every other aspect of society so it's not that they're excluding other good causes by having a focus."

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