Prince William and Kate plan to ditch royal titles to 'break away' from tradition

Prince William and Kate to ditch their royal titles in a new attempt to appear 'less stuffy' and break away from old traditions

Prince William and Kate to ditch their royal titles
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Prince William and Kate to ditch their royal titles in an attempt to appear 'less stuffy' says an insider who suggests that this idea stems from the Duke and Duchess' Caribbean tour.


A royal source has suggested that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge plan to ditch their royal titles and be referred to as Catherine and William in the future. 

A royal source told The Mirror, "They want to be more approachable, less formal, less stuffy and break away with a lot of the tradition."

The source added that this change was decided soon after the couple arrived back from their Caribbean tour and was criticized by a number of outlets. "When the team arrived back in London the couple had a debrief with aides," said the insider.

"They went over everything and pinpointed specific things that went wrong and how to improve moving forward. The general consensus was that the tour seemed out of date, out of touch, too formal and stuffy."

The source then revealed that soon, nicknames will be a perfectly appropriate way to address the royals. "So now it’s more ‘Wills and Kate’ instead of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge... ‘Just call me Wills’ type of thing," said the insider. "They want to try to avoid the bows and curtsies in public, be more approachable, less formal, less stuffy, and break away with a lot of the tradition and focus on a modern monarchy."

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit a Fish Fry

Prince William and Catherine on tour

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The source continued to reveal that Catherine and William felt that there were a number of mistakes made during their royal tour and they regretted appearing as a 'symbol of colonialism.'

"If they could wave a magic wand and go back in time, they would change almost everything about the Caribbean tour," revealed the source. "William and Kate are now both very aware that to certain parts of the world, and to the younger generations, the monarchy is a symbol of colonialism and a time gone by. Now, it seems silly to have celebrated that and push royal traditions during the tour."

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge travel to Hopkins, a small village on the coast

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This isn't the first time that this royal couple has opted for modernity and broke away from traditions imposed by the Royal Family. Last year, Prince William ditched royal tradition as he chose to not stand on an elevated platform at an awards ceremony, and instead stood on the same level as guests as a gesture of equality. 

Similarly, even as she joined the royal family, Kate Middleton ignored tradition and broke five royal protocols during her wedding to Prince William as the couple decided to pave their own way. It seems that the Royal couple is committed to breaking away from tradition and showing how the Royal Family can continue to fit in with modern society.

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