The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may be required to spend more time in Scotland under plans reportedly drawn up by palace officials to bolster the Union, and according to a news outlet, Kate and William would spend more time at Balmoral, in light of growing support for Scottish independence after the Scottish National Party’s landslide victory in the Holyrood election last month.
The report says that the couple would also strengthen relations with their former university town of St Andrews if the proposals go ahead.
The report comes only days after the couple’s tour of Scotland in which William said the country was so important to himself and his wife, and on the closing day of their visit, William and Kate secured a meeting with Gordon Brown who’s recently launched a renewed campaign to preserve the Union.
The couple sat down for discussions with the former prime minister and his wife Sarah at the Queen’s official Edinburgh home, and later William gave a deeply personal goodbye address as his week-long tour drew to a close, explaining how Scotland had shaped him and honouring its people and values.
The debate over Scottish independence has increased after the Scottish National Party’s landslide victory in the Holyrood election in May, which also produced the largest pro-independence majority in the Parliament in the history of devolution.
Boris Johnson has since stood by his pre-election stance, maintaining the focus should be on the recovery from COVID 19 and not on another independence referendum.
Last month, a spokesperson for Kensington Palace said that during his time in Scotland, Prince William has spoken to a wide array of people from various communities including politicians from across the political rainbow.
The Duke sat down for discussions with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and further met with Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland.
Shortly after the Holyrood election, Gordon Brown announced his Our Scottish Future think tank which will become a campaigning movement, endeavouring to appeal to middle Scotland, for those who aren’t entrenched in their positions on the union or independence.
Gordon Brown, who played a fundamental position in the No campaign during the 2014 vote, has said those in middle Scotland are patriots, not nationalists who want to see greater interaction between the UK’s governments.
Ahead of the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 the Queen reportedly said she hoped voters would think carefully about the future, and perhaps William and Kate are the ideal couple to inspire and unite, after all, they met in Scotland and have extremely close links and amazing memories of this wonderful place.
Although numerous couples have also met in Scotland, but you don’t see the world handing them a plate of silver because of that, so what makes theirs so special than the rest? But it’s delightful to see the Monarchy showing that Scotland and the Union are important, but in the end, it will be down to the Scottish people.
But inspiring and uniting, not sure that’s going to happen, or maybe it might have the opposite effect, after all, what do they have to contribute – two people standing, waving and looking attractive isn’t the solution to anything.
The monarchy is a credit to no one but the upper echelons of society, and it’s really sad that proles are so brainwashed they’re incapable of seeing this, and this is an extremely greedy, costly institution that should have been abolished a long time ago.
And if William wants to be involved in Scottish politics, perhaps he should run for public office so he has a legitimate platform for his advocacies, and whilst we’re at it, perhaps people should be given a vote on whether they want these unelected royals to represent them, and waste their taxpayers’ money on.