Richard Palmer on twitter whining about how no one can trust William or his advisors now.
Of course he is. Could you imagine how much fun the press would have had stirring up people's fear with the thought of a boy king? He must be so disappointed.
(Actually this convinces me that they have to update the regency law right away. Right now George's regent would be Harry or Andrew. They need to make it either Kate or Anne.)
There's no need to update the regency law until the heir is a minor. Had the very worst happened, both Charles and William dying from COVID, then parliament would have taken action fairly promptly. Had the slightly less worse happened, only one dying, then it would have been a priority following the next accession. Having the third in line being a minor, and the first two potential regents being unsuitable, is not a cause for concern. As much as we, rightly, dislike Harry and Andrew either of them functioning as regent is still only hypothetical at best and hypothetical isn't a reason to get Parliament involved...they have far more important things to do right now.
I can see where Richard is coming from...the basis being that as William is an important/major public figure, major health concerns should be disclosed. But...he was not hospitalized, he was isolating so not an infection risk to others, and disclosing would have lead to a excessive number of useless headlines that would only have made things worse. So I do get it. But I also get Richard's thing about ability to trust that William (and his advisors) will release personally information that has potentially serious consequences in an upfront and appropriate manner...he won't be able to do this sort of thing as either heir or sovereign. Granted Richard is going a bit off the deep end...would have been better to wait a few days and use calmer wording.
Basically...Am I'm I thrilled with how this was handled? Not really. Do I understand why William and his team made the decisions they did? Yes. Do I agree with the decision? I haven't decided but while I agree with the initial thought process I don't think they fully considered the potential ramifications of a lengthy delay. Am I glad he's ok? Of course and at the end of the day the fact that he's ok is all that matters.