The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly want to be addressed by their first names rather than their official titles in order to be “more approachable” following their controversial Caribbean tour.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are also said to want to prevent people from curtseying and bowing to them on duty.
The alleged royal shock comes after the couple involved decided their tour of Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas was “out of touch and stuffy,” they say.
A source told the Sunday Mirror that the royal aides had “identified certain things that went wrong with the tour and how they can improve”.
“The general consensus was that the tour felt dated, out of touch, overly formal and stuffy,” they said.
“So now it’s more like ‘Wills and Kate’ rather than Duke and Duchess of Cambridge… ‘Just call me Wills’ sort of thing.
“They want to try to avoid bows and curtseys in public, to be more approachable, less formal, less stuffy, and to break with a lot of tradition and focus on a modern monarchy.”
An attempt was made to strengthen the royal family’s ties with the Commonwealth when the couple traveled to the three Caribbean locations in March to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.
But when they arrived, protesters accused them of profiting from the “blood, tears and sweat” of slaves.
pictures of the couple ride in the back seat of an open Land Rover during a military parade in Jamaica were denounced as reminiscent of the colonial era.
Meanwhile, critics described it as a “PR disaster” as other images showed Cambridge locals from Kingston shaking hands behind a chain link fence.
William, speaking at a dinner hosted by Jamaica’s governor-general, described slavery as an “appalling atrocity” that “stains our history,” but didn’t directly apologize for the royal family’s role.
He was forced to acknowledge the outrage – and that the days of monarchy in the Caribbean could soon be over – in a statement at the end of the tour.
“I know this tour has brought questions about the past and the future even more into focus. In Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas, people must decide that future,” he said.
“But we really enjoyed spending time with communities in all three countries and learning more about the issues that matter most to them.
“Catherine and I are committed to service. For us, that doesn’t mean telling people what to do.”
Metro.co.uk has reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment.
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