William and Kate are making their first US visit since Charles became king, a trip that’s set to contrast the star power of the monarch’s feuding sons.
Wales’ visit puts royals in US spotlight
Prince William and his wife Kate are flying out to the United States for their first visit for eight years, as an intense media spotlight on the British royal family and the sons of King Charles shifts across the Atlantic.
The new Prince and Princess of Wales’ departure on Wednesday will mark their first overseas excursion since the death of Queen Elizabeth, which meant William – Charles’s eldest son – became the heir to the throne.
The visit has gained added significance as it comes a few days before William’s Los Angeles-based younger brother Prince Harry and American wife Meghan take the limelight at a prestigious awards ceremony ahead of a Netflix TV documentary and revealing memoir.
For royal commentators and many in the British media, it will be a chance to contrast the popularity and lives of the two brothers, whose falling out, along with Harry and Meghan’s criticism of the monarchy, has become one of the defining stories of the House of Windsor in recent years.