The media is not yet done with Will despite the two days of
work in France.Disco or duty? The Petulant Prince must now choose, writes Royal Commentator ROBERT JOBSONhttp://www.dailymail.co.u...choose-ROBERT-JOBSON.html
You might think there is something endearing about unguarded ?dad dancing?. Royal arms akimbo, pumping hard but out of time, here was a man on the brink of middle age, determined to let what remains of his hair down.
Not for the first time in recent months, William finds himself described as workshy and irresponsible. How, then, did the Prince or his team of advisers get it so wrong?
One answer is that the sugar-coated image he enjoyed for so long was almost too good to be true. For scratch the surface of William and what you find is a complex character. There is an ?over-confidence? which some say is bordering on arrogance, and which senior Palace aides now fear is clouding the 34-year-old?s judgment.
He can be ?petulant, capricious, even hostile?, I am told ? words you might not readily associate with the second in line to the throne.
?But the Duke can be a little unforgiving. When he gets it right everyone is patting him on the back, but who is there to criticise him and warn against getting it wrong??
At Kensington Palace, a dedicated but notably youthful group of advisers is slavishly loyal to the boss.
But a lack of experience can have serious drawbacks too. Private Secretary Miguel Head is accomplished, but for William?s press team it is a steep learning curve.
Verbier is hardly the first error of judgment.
The fact is William could easily have followed the example of his uncle, the Duke of York, also in Verbier, and flown back for Commonwealth Day.
In choosing to do his own thing, William has cast a light on a Royal Family in transition. As the Queen approaches 91, the Prince of Wales is increasingly influential at court. But the cautious retreat of the Queen is leaving a power vacuum.
And while under her rule we have seen one Royal Family, or ?Firm?, we are now seeing a series of mini firms.
Increasingly, these different households have their own agendas. They often don?t consider what the other is doing and seem happy to steal the headlines from each other.
As Charles approaches 70 he accepts that his elder son and his photogenic daughter-in-law now have the star quality that bolsters numbers who flock to see them on foreign visits. Courtiers say that William knows it too ? and has become a little swayed by the attention. In this multi-media age, monarchy and celebrity can be blurred.For many years Prince William has been cut a lot of slack. Now, however, he is at a crossroads.
It is time for him to embrace his full-time role supporting his father and grandmother and put duty above all else.