Prince Harry may be stepping down, but Prince William is stepping up!
As you’re likely well aware by now, Meghan Markle and Harry are saying goodbye to their “Royal Highness” titles to lead a “financially independent” lifestyle and will be splitting their time between North America and the U.K.
But it’s business as usual for the future monarch and Kate Middleton, who have continued to carry out their duties amid Megxit. Now, the father of three is adding another title to his name after an announcement by Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday. Meet the new Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
So what does that lengthy title mean, exactly? The 37-year-old is now his grandmother’s person rep to the Church of Scotland, a role previously held by his uncles Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, aunt Princess Anne, and father Prince Charles. In this new position, he will attend events, carry out ceremonial duties and other engagements on behalf of the 93-year-old.
Per the royal family’s website, there are a few other things William is also responsible for:
“The Lord High Commissioner makes opening and closing addresses to the General Assembly and reports to Her Majesty on its proceedings. For the duration of the General Assembly, the Sovereign grants the Lord High Commissioner permission to reside at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and, during this time, His or Her Grace receives a Guard of Honour, a 21-Gun Salute and the keys to the City of Edinburgh. It is also customary for the Lord High Commissioner to invite distinguished guests to stay at the Palace, and to offer hospitality to Commissioners to the Assembly and those who have contributed to public life in Scotland.”
Not to speculate too much, but could this have been a role held by Harry? Each of the Queen’s children took on the position at least once, so it could make sense that each of the grandchildren — or at least the brothers — would do the same. We’ll likely never find out…
So how exactly is the father of three handling all this? He hinted at his feelings in a speech on January 15:
“It’s sometimes trying to get people to understand that it’s OK to have these challenges. We just need to deal with them and we need to move forward rather than just be stuck in paralysis and pretend they don’t happen.”
Hopefully William’s new position takes some stress away from his grandmother!!