Prince Charles, fearing that Prince William and Kate Middleton’s glamorous image will overshadow other senior royals, said the couple’s show-stopping tour of North America turned into a long photo shoots.
The couple’s trip did not focus on the serious reasons behind the tour, instead it focused more on media coverage, Charles told the Palace aides.
The newlywed royals on their 11-day tour were covered by every TV network and newspaper across the country as they met the crowds and the celebrities such as David Beckham, Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks and Jennifer Lopez.
Sources close to Charles, 62, told Mirror that on one side he is ¬ very happy and delighted that the couple received the same attention as the Princess Diana got on their 1983 Canada tour, but on the other side he also drew a comparison with his grueling 11-day visit to Canada two years ago which attracted small crowds and modest media coverage.
A royal insider said that Charles is looking for a makeover to attract more people and media attention.
Phil Dampier, a royal author told Mirror: “Charles felt overshadowed by Diana and now it seems he feels overshadowed by their son. Some people may think he is jealous. I have always felt that as soon as William got married, Charles would feel sidelined.”
“From that moment people would be less interested in what he has to say on issues such as the environment and architecture if, on the same day, Kate is wearing a new dress.”
The world is fascinated with Kate Middleton's fascinators during her royal tour. Everything from Kate's shoe and shirts to her dresses and skirts and also her headpieces were in headlines of the newspaper.
Dampier added: “When Charles and Camilla visited Canada two years ago they were greeted by relatively small crowds. They are in their 60s and are not what you would call glamorous.
“Charles is well respected in Canada but he does not have the X factor. With the Queen’s headline-grabbing Irish tour too, Charles feels his work could get overlooked.”