Prince William ‘has broken the cycle’ of Windsor marital troubles & failure

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At this point, I’m trying not to spin out some wild conspiracy about Robert Lacey and what he’s actually doing. He’s a royal historian who was somewhat respected at one point. Last year, his book Battle of Brothers was pretty shady towards both Prince William and Prince Harry, almost in equal measure. Then it definitely felt like Lacey was co-opted by Kensington Palace/William and suddenly Lacey began parroting KP’s talking points about everything. Lacey co-authored he current People Magazine cover story, all about how William is (already?) the perfect king and he’s the future of the monarchy, not Charles.

Is it weird that to feel like Lacey is also sort of talking out of both sides of his mouth? He’s writing in that very specific way of certain royal reporters, leaving enough room for interpretation for people who actually follow royal gossip. In a previous story, Lacey wrote: “As royal parents, both Kate and William have focused on … working to ensure that all three of their children enjoy the peaceful childhood that eluded William and Harry.” While factual, it does feel like the idea behind it is “William and Kate are staying together for the sake of the kids.” Lacey also seems to be saying that William is very image-conscious and he’ll do anything to avoid divorce:

Prince William and Kate Middleton marked their 10th wedding anniversary this past spring with a set of new portraits in which the royal couple (who were together for eight years prior to their engagement) beam and embrace. Whether they’re glittering on the red carpet or stepping into nature with their three children, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge represent a united front — supportive spouses and partners in parenthood.

According to royal historian Robert Lacey, William’s steady, stable relationship with his beloved Catherine makes for a sharp contrast to the generations of strained royal marriage before theirs.

“The House of Windsor has an abysmal track record of marital failure, but William has broken the cycle,” writes Lacey, who surveyed the future king’s fraught relationship with his younger sibling, Prince Harry, in Battle of Brothers.

Lacey gives much credit to Kate, whom he describes as an “empathetic outsider from middle­ class origins.”

Lacey notes that Kate understands the importance of her role as future monarch’s consort and mother to a future king and key royals — and that providing stability in all those areas is paramount. She and William “have focused on … working to ensure that all three of their children — [Prince] George, 6­-year-­old Princess Charlotte and 3­-year-­old Prince Louis — enjoy the peaceful childhood that eluded William and Harry.”

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[From People]

If you ask me, I think Harry is the one who has truly broken the cycle of Windsor dysfunction. And that’s why all of the dysfunctional Windsors are so mad at him: he married for love, not convenience, he married someone strong and awesome without worrying about being “overshadowed.” He left la isla de saltines and truly broke out of the toxic cycle. While William and Kate’s marriage may not end in divorce, let’s not kid ourselves: the Cambridge marriage is not actually breaking any kind of toxic cycle. Their marriage is its own toxic cycle.

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