According to Telegraph report Prince William is to launch a charitable foundation with his brother Prince Harry as he pledged to be more than just an “ornament” in his royal duties.
27-year-old, second in line to throne, Prince William said Wednesday he does not want to be seen as a mere “ornament” when it comes to royal duties and he and his brother, Harry, want to build on the charitable work of his family. He also said that while there was “always a good reason” to be seen shaking hands at engagements he insisted that he wanted to develop his “own way” of doing things.
Prince William said in an interview with BBC: “There’s a time and place for being an ornament as such, or shaking hands and being at an engagement and showing support in that way, but I think there’s an awful lot more from actually doing stuff.”
He praised Queen as a role model: “My grandmother inspires me, obviously. Her work and her duty and the dedication she has given to herself and to the country has been very inspiring. I think she has done a fantastic job and I look up to what she does.”
Prince William was speaking after a meeting of the Princes’ Charities Forum set up in 2006 which brings together 20 diverse groups, including charities, twice a year. Prince Harry was absent from the meeting at St. James’s Palace near Buckingham Palace because he was on a helicopter training course.
“His flying is not very good, so he has to do more than me,” William joked.
Prince William who is to gradually increase his number of public engagements with his pilot training course. He said he would carry them out in his own distinctive style.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a third way. I think it’s just trying to find your own way. This is something that I think is different, worthwhile and, hopefully, of some benefit. You could just turn up and open things and don’t get me wrong, there’s always a good reason to do that but it’s about bringing some other things into it as well.”
The aim of his forum, he said, was to encourage the charities to “think out of the box” and exchange ideas and resources.
William said the princes had been inspired by the work of their parents, the Prince of Wales and the late Princess Diana.
“I’ve been trying to take the best bits of both of their charitable lives and trying to amalgamate them into making them even better,” he said of his parents’ work. I’m not in their league, but I’m warming up, hopefully, and I’m trying to do what I can.”