Prince Charles' secret tension with newlyweds William and Kate: How the royal was 'irked' by the couple's 'tasteless' photo opportunities on their 2011 Canada tour
Prince Charle, 68, was reportedly 'irked' when William and Kate's first overseas tour to Canada turned into one long photo opportunity, according to royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith.
William and Kate visited Canada and LA two months after wedding in 2011
Prince felt tour featured too many 'tasteless' photo opportunities
Couple posed in cowboy hats as they launched the Calgary Stampede
Kate suffered embarrassing wardrobe malfunction at Calgary Airport
It was their first official overseas visit together as a married couple and newlyweds Kate and William charmed the crowds all the way from Calgary to California on their 10-day royal tour of Canada and LA.
But while they may have won new legions of fans, Prince Charles was not best pleased with their efforts, according to Sally Bedell Smith's biography of the future king.
According to the writer, the Prince thought the trip featured too many 'tasteless' photo ops, and he 'wasn't pleased with the camera-friendly couple'.
And he was 'more than a little irked' at the pair treating their overseas trip too much like a personal holiday.
They travelled with a small entourage and made a visit to Prince Edward Island at Kate's specific request - apparently mindful of the fact that Charles and Diana's 1983 Canada tour was based entirely around the Prince's interests and none of his wife's.
The Canada tour saw the couple pose up a storm in cowboy hats when they were given the honour of pressing the button to launch the legendary Calgary Stampede.
But Kate later made headlines for the wrong reasons as her feather-light Jenny Packham yellow frock was blown up by a gust of wind. Some rather revealing photos of the incident published online led to intense discussion as to whether she was wearing any underwear or not, which was no doubt a source of embarrassment to the new Duchess of Cambridge.
Shortly after the tour, royal author Phil Dampier told The Mirror there was a certain rivalry between father and son following William's marriage to Kate.
'When Charles and Camilla visited Canada two years ago they were greeted by relatively small crowds. They are in their 60s and are not what you would call glamorous,' he said.
By contrast, William and Kate received a rapturous reception from huge crowds, with half a million people turning out to see them on one day alone.
Fair enough he was annoyed at the pics of waity - not sure why they were guided to make tasteless pics for the media but it Sounds like he's jealous of the attention that W&W get! It's not about the promotion of the firm, it's all about him. Poor dear! A life filled with bitterness, first with Diana and now his sons.
Apropros Diana, Mrs Clwyd asked why she didn’t spend more time in Wales, given that she was Princess of Wales.
Diana, by then divorced, said: ‘I don’t want to tread on Charles’s toes and make it difficult for my sons.’
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