Just call them Wills and Kate: the Cambridges are on a mission to modernise the monarchy

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Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, reportedly want to relax the formal image of the royal family and make it more approachable. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, reportedly want to relax the formal image of the royal family and make it more approachable. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

After their recent official tour of the Caribbean was dubbed a PR disaster and marked by protests, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, appear more determined than ever to make the British royal family more accessible.

One of those steps is to do away with their formal titles, insiders say. “The general consensus was that the tour seemed out of date, out of touch, too formal and stuffy. So now it's more ‘Wills and Kate’ instead of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge . .  . ‘Just call me Wills’ type of thing,” a royal source told British newspaper The Mirror.

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The couple were criticised for their “tone deaf” tour of the Caribbean, with moments that harked back to the colonial past, such as the inaugural commissioning parade in Jamaica. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

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William stopped to talk to members of the honour guard when he and Kate arrived at Belize City Airport. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The couple also reportedly want to steer away from curtsies and bows in public. Royal sources also say William (39) is determined to update the centuries-old institution after struggling to move on from the tour’s bad press.

‘They want to be more approachable and break away with a lot of the tradition and focus on a modern monarchy’
– Royal source

In a marked departure from the royal family’s “never complain, never explain” motto, the prince addressed critics of his Caribbean tour on Twitter, writing, “I know this tour has brought into even sharper focus questions about the past and the future.

“In Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, that future is for the people to decide upon."

"But we have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with communities in all three countries, understanding more about the issues that matter most to them.

According to another source, William is not being critical of the queen, but wants to change things for the benefit of the monarchy.

‘William wants to take his grandmother’s success and build on it, his way’
– Insider

“He admires her absolutely and has learnt so much from her. But he is looking ahead to how things will be in 40 years’ time,” the insider told the Daily Mail.

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The couple at a meeting in London with the Disaster Emergency Committee to learn more about the ongoing support for people affected by the war in Ukraine. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

“He wants the monarchy to continue to be a unifying force, to bridge the gap. He listens to people, he really does, and has got a very clear vision for the future. He’s very alive to what is modern and relevant and is very thoughtful.”

Sources: dailymail.co.uk, express.co.uk

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