William and Kate 'denied' huge royal perk as tradition is 'done away with'

It's been more than a year now since King Charles' Coronation and there have been many ups and downs for the monarch to navigate over the first few months of his reign. Health issues have faced the King himself, after his cancer diagnosis was announced in January,. as the royals also face Kate Middleton's own cancer battle.

With tensions between the King, the rest of 'the Firm' and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle not appearing to have thawed out of late, and with Harry set to arrive in the UK tomorrow (May 8) for an Invictus Games event, the drama is ongoing.

But one drama the King didn't haver to deal with concerned the official investiture ceremony for the Prince and Princess of Wales' titles to be officially introduced. As we reported last year, Prince William and Kate Middleton were allegedly "denied" the Royal Family benefit in their new roles in order to save some money.

According to a royal commentator, the couple didn't have an official investiture ceremony where they received their Prince and Princess of Wales, the Mirror reports.

The tradition was apparently "unceremoniously done away with" and the royal analyst claimed it was all down to one reason.

King Charles was crowned the Prince of Wales in 1969 at an official ceremony at Caernarfon Castle but Kensington Palace previously announced that another investiture was "not on the table".

Kate Middleton and Prince William at King Charles Coronation on May 6 2023
Kate and William became the Prince and Princess of Wales last year after the Queen's death -Credit:AP

Royal commentator Daniela Elser stated that the "most obvious" reason to not have a crowning for William and Kate is simply due to how expensive it would be.

She said this means the royal couple would not receive "one of the biggest perks of their new positions" after William was honoured with the title following the death of Queen Elizabeth in September 2022.

The Royal Family faced public criticism over the eye watering cost of the King's Coronation last May after the historical event cost an estimated £250m during the cost of living crisis.

William is said to be preparing a very different Coronation to his father when his time comes to succeed the throne after Charles' ceremony received backlash.

Writing for news.com.au, Ms Elser added: "It’s easy to understand why the Waleses might have no interest in going down the investiture route and it has nothing to do with the prospect of spending time in Cardiff or learning to love a pastie.

"The point is here, investitures are not something one can do on the cheap, therefore, if William and Kate did decide they wanted their own, it would require someone spending tens of millions of dollars on something that would be nothing but a blatant marketing ploy."

She went on: "Not only will William not get the chance to do some King-in-waiting play-acting for TV cameras at his own Wales investiture but it means that his wife Kate, the Princess of Wales has been denied the chance to get Alexander McQueen to design her up another Athena-esque, goddess-like get-up."

Mark Drakeford, the Welsh First Minister, said that after the death of Her Majesty there were some "sensitivities" surrounding the title as he added that there is "no rush" for an investiture.

He said: "The Wales of 2022 is not the Wales of 1969. I don't think it would be sensible to look back and say you could simply replicate that.

"My only advice, if it was ever sought, would be to give these things time. There is no rush.

"I think that there are plenty of things for someone wanting to come to Wales more often, spending more time here, learning more about the things that matter in contemporary Wales - plenty for that role to be able to develop and no need to feel that ceremonial occasions need to be early on the agenda."

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