Prince William is back to work!
The Duke of Cambridge returned to his normal royal duties at Buckingham Palace just one day after Prince William joined Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and his brother Prince Harry to “talk things through” regarding Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to step back from their senior royal duties.
The future king stepped in for his 93-year-old grandmother at an investiture ceremony on Tuesday afternoon. William was snapped smiling as he knighted Theresa May’s Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins and former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss.
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Today The Duke of Cambridge used British Sign Language to congratulate Alex Duguid MBE, as he presented him with his honour at Buckingham Palace. Alex has been the face of popular British TV shows Emmerdale and Coronation Street for its deaf audience for decades, as a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter. He is an example of how profoundly deaf people can have an impact on their community, their peers and their country. He is passionate about BSL and the need to promote and protect it. Alex has spent the past thirty years giving up his time raising hundred of thousands of pounds towards community projects benefitting South Tyneside’s deaf community, and teaching BSL classes through the organisation Signature, helping hundreds of people communicate with deaf people — visit @signaturedeaf to find out more about their work. Footage 🎥 courtesy of BCA / @bsl_zone / @newcastlechronicle
The Duke of Cambridge also had a super heartwarming moment showing off his sign language skills! Prince William used British Sign Language to congratulate Alex Duguid, as he presented him with his MBE honor. Alex has been the British Sign Language interpreter for popular British TV shows “Emmerdale” and “Coronation Street” for its deaf audience for decades.
The special moment between the pair comes one day after his family’s groundbreaking meeting at the Queen’s country home in Sandringham, Norfolk.
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Prince William met in-person on Monday at her Sandringham Estate for the first time since The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their bombshell announcement last week, and the Queen has issued a rare statement in the wake of the historic news.
“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family,” an official statement on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen read. “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”
The following portion of the statement addressed Meghan and Harry’s desire to become “financially independent” from the crown. “Harry and Meghan have made clear that they do not want to be reliant on public funds in their new lives. It has therefore been agreed that there will be a period of transition in which the Sussexes will spend time in Canada and the UK”
“These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days,” the statement concluded.
Prince William and Prince Harry also released the joint statement early Monday that directly addressed a recent report by The Times. The initial report by the UK paper stated that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to step back from their roles in the royal family due to “the ‘bullying’ attitude of his (Harry’s) brother the Duke of Cambridge.”
The statement released unequivocally denied the claims made by The Times. “Despite clear denials, a false story ran in a UK newspaper today speculating about the relationship between The Duke of Sussex and The Duke of Cambridge,” the statement from Buckingham palace read on behalf of both brothers. “For brothers who care so deeply about the issues surrounding mental health, the use of inflammatory language in this way is offensive and potentially harmful.”
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