‘William has to obey so many rules – it’s his choice not to wear a kilt’

‘William has to obey so many rules – it’s his choice not to wear a kilt’

August 3, 2023

With the Royal Family's annual trip to the Balmoral Estate in Scotland only days away, we can expect to see the likes of the King and the Duke of Edinburgh in their traditional Highland dress as they attend events such as the Braemar Gathering.

One royal who hasn't been pictured wearing a traditional kilt ever since he was young is the Prince of Wales as he frequently opts for a suit when carrying out duties in Scotland.

This apparent aversion to wearing a traditional kilt was recently criticised by Alan Cochrane in The Telegraph who claimed the Prince "should accept wearing one whilst working, and certainly at Balmoral, or while on official duty north of the Highland line." He believes the kilt "should be regarded as part of [William's] uniform."

After the comments about William's choice not to wear the traditional garment when he heads north, former BBC royal Correspondent Jennie Bond defended the Prince to OK!

The expert quipped: “Give the man a break! Poor William has to obey so many rules and observe so many conventions.

"He even had to put up with his grandmother telling him what uniform to wear for his wedding – and even that he had to shave off his beard.

"If he doesn’t feel comfortable wearing a kilt, then I don’t think anyone should be begrudge him his right to wear what he wants.

"He looks great in almost anything he wears, and he’d probably look fabulous in a kilt. But surely, it’s his choice, and his right!”

Despite the criticism, Prince William has made his devotion to Scotland clear several times.

During an opening address at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2021, Prince William opened up about the role the country has played in his life.

Referring to how he was in Scotland when he learnt of the tragic death of his mum, Diana, Princess of Wales, he told the crowd: “Scotland is a source of some of my happiest memories but also my saddest.

“I was in Balmoral when I was told that my mother had died. Still in shock, I found sanctuary in the service at Crathie Kirk that very morning and in the dark days of grief that followed I found comfort and solace in the Scottish outdoors.

“As a result, the connection I feel to Scotland will forever run deep."

Then, referring to the moment he met his future wife at university in Scotland, William said: “Alongside this painful memory is one of great joy because it was here in Scotland 20 years ago this year that I first met Catherine.

"Needless to say the town where you meet your future wife holds a very special place in your heart. George, Charlotte and Louis already know how dear Scotland is to both of us and they are starting to build their own happy memories here too.”

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