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On thin ice: Why Prince William’s Weekend On The Slopes Has Generated Such Bad Headlines


Prince William’s reputation for hard work has been put into question after the royal went to a boys’ skiing trip in Switzerland.

Ditching responsibilities:

The problem with the Prince’s trip is that it coincides with a big royal occasion back home, which gave the tabloids a field day. Headlines like “90-year-old grandmother puts duty first while her 34-year-old grandson went partying” have been popping up.

Tabloid editors have been featuring stories about a ‘lazy Prince’ who is uninterested in his duties and responsibilities elsewhere, thanks in part to pictures of Prince William on the dance floor of a nightclub in the Swiss resort of Verbier published by TMZ.

The real problem with William’s actions is that as the second in line to the throne, he was born into a life of privilege and wealth that most people could only dream of and in return he has to carry a burden of responsibility. These responsibilities could be visits to charities, supporting campaigns on issues close to his heart, and turning up for big national occasions when they arise.

Such as Commonwealth Day. A day the Queen has championed since she took the throne in 1952, that’s a celebration of a group of nations rooted in the British Empire.

During this year’s Commonwealth Day, the Queen and Prince Philip launched a baton relay for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and attended a service at Westminster Abbey, along with the Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, the Duke of York and Earl of Wessex (Princes Andrew and Edward).

A nay-sayer is in order:

However, William skipped on the event and instead hit the slopes and went clubbing with friends.

William does carry out a number of duties. For example, in the last couple of weeks, he launched an award in his name: the Prince William Award, he fronts the Heads Together Campaign mental health campaign with his wife, Kate, and at the end of this week, the couple are travelling to Paris for a two-day tour at the request of the Foreign Office.

But maybe there should have been someone in Kensington Palace who told the Prince that planning a vacation during such an important event was not the best idea.