Prince William was ‘happy to let Kate Middleton take center stage’ at Wimbledon as they ‘strike the perfect balance in public’, a royal expert has claimed.
The Prince and Princess of Wales, both 41, were joined by their children Prince George, nine, and Princess Charlotte, eight, to watch Carlos Alcaraz win the Wimbledon men’s singles final against Novak Djokovic yesterday afternoon.
In her role as patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the mother-of-three watched the match – which lasted more than four-and-a-half hours – from the Royal Box before presenting the two players with their trophies on court.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told FEMAIL that Prince William and Kate Middleton’s dynamic at Wimbledon showed how they ‘work brilliantly as a team’.
As the couple arrived in SW19, the Prince of Wales was seen walking behind his wife and children – with Kate leading the group holding Charlotte’s hand.
Pictured: The Princess of Wales took her family to court yesterday ahead of the Wimbledon men’s singles final
What’s more, Kate led the family into the royal box – while Prince William followed Prince George.
Commenting on the family’s engagement yesterday, Richard said: ‘The Prince and Princess of Wales work brilliantly as a team.
‘Catherine took center stage as she is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
‘A tennis enthusiast himself, the role is ideal for him.
‘There is no question that Catherine radiated confidence. It has been a pleasure to watch it grow over the years.’
The expert then went on to highlight how the Prince and Princess of Wales don’t try to outdo each other in public – something which is believed to have been a problem in King Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage.
Richard continued: ‘There is no comparison between the deeply unhappy relationship between Charles and Diana and the perfect balance that William and Catherine have maintained in public and in private.
‘He was the patron and presented the trophy and runners-up plate and took center stage, [Prince William] It was a complete relief without an official role.’
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said the Prince and Princess of Wales, both 41, ‘work brilliantly as a team’.
Pictured: The Prince and Princess of Wales seated in the front row of the Royal Box at Wimbledon yesterday
Although the couple have previously shown their competitive spirit in engagements, experts say the Prince and Princess of Wales have no problem taking a step back to let the other person ‘take centre-stage’.
He continued: ‘They enjoy competing in games for fun and often when on tour for the pleasure of their hosts, but they do not compete with each other.
‘It was a glorious Wimbledon final and the Welsh were no doubt delighted to be an important part of it, with Catherine’s role as patron.
‘Their chemistry together is ideal, even essential, as the future of the monarchy largely depends on it.’
Pictured: The Princess of Wales presented the trophy to 20-year-old Carlos Alcaraz yesterday
The royal expert said: ‘It was a glorious Wimbledon final and the Welsh were no doubt delighted to be an important part of it as Catherine acted as patron.’
The Princess of Wales was beaming as she congratulated the 20-year-old Spaniard and presented him with his trophy – who emotionally held it up to the crowd who supported him during the nearly five-hour long game.
Princess Charlotte looked adorable in a blue floral dress as she arrived at the All England Club with her parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and her nine-year-old brother Prince George.
Ahead of the gentlemen’s final between Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz, the family met hard-working ball boys and girls – and Princess Charlotte was even lucky enough to get to snuggle with police dog Stella.
In her first visit to the Wimbledon Championships, Charlotte also spoke with Muawij Anwar, who had done the coin toss before the match.
But Louis, the youngest member of the family, was unhappy that he could not join them this year despite practicing to be a ballboy.
Yesterday, the Princess of Wales told Ella Ottway, who runs the All England Club’s youth programme: ‘Charlotte’s first time, George came last year. They looked eagerly.
‘Charlotte, you’ve got to grips with the scoring. Louis was very upset not to come today.’ After their conversation, 16-year-old boy Joel revealed that Louis ‘tries to practice standing up and being serious like us’.