Petulant William slammed for overshadowing Philip service and creating row

Prince William "overshadowed" Prince Philip's memorial by "creating a row that didn't need to happen", claims a TV commentator.

The Queen made what many fear will could her last public appearance on Tuesday, but according to Carole Malone, it was cast out of the spotlight by her grandson's comments on Instagram.

Ms Malone criticised the Duke of Cambridge for using social media to address protests he and wife Kate Middleton faced on their tour of the Caribbean, The Express reports.

William's open letter to the people of Belize, The Bahamas and Jamaica shared on Instagram warmed the hearts of his fans, but for Ms Malone it was a display of "petulance".

In a post published on Instagram, the Duke of Cambridge said that he and the Duchess were “committed to service”, but for them that was “not telling people what to do”.

He said: "Foreign tours are an opportunity to reflect. You learn so much.

"I know that 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.

"Who the Commonwealth chooses to lead its family in the future isn’t what is on my mind.

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“What matters to us is the potential the Commonwealth family has to create a better future for the people who form it, and our commitment to serve and support as best we can.”

On Dan Wootton’s GB News show, the host claimed on Monday that it was a “huge risk to publicly disavow the ‘never complain, never explain’ mantra”, as the monarchy have traditionally never expressed their political opinions.

Ms Malone replied continued: “William has created a row that never needed to happen.

“This is his petulance, I think as well, we thought he’d change and become a bit of a grown up but he hasn’t.

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“Have we forgotten that tomorrow is Prince Philip’s memorial? It could well be the last public outing that the Queen does.

“He has now overshadowed what may be her last public appearance with this row that never needed to happen.

“He didn’t have to say anything, he could have just kept his mouth shut, he could have just thought of his gran instead of going on and responding to criticism of him.

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“Get used to it mate, because it’s going to happen to you all your life.”

Ms Malone added that it was “simply not true” that republicanism was rife in the Caribbean and that the monarchy was no longer welcome.

The Royal Family has been approached for comment.

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