Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine were deployed to prevent the United Kingdom from collapsing. They should spend more time in Scotland, according to sources from the Sunday Times, as independence is back on the political agenda.
According to an informed source, the royal family fears that politicians are “losing Scotland”. The Scots chose to stay with the UK in 2014, but many want a new independence referendum. There is a lot of discontent in the region over Brexit, which a large majority of Scots voted against in 2016.
William and Kate will now be asked to spend more time at Balmoral, the royal family’s summer home in Scotland. They should start treating it like a full-fledged home and not a vacation home. There is also a suggestion that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge strengthen ties with the city of St Andrews, where they met years ago at university. “They should not appear as visitors, but rather as residents,” says an insider.
The couple should be used as “a visual symbol of the relationship between England and Scotland”. Perhaps William can play this role better than British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. According to the Sunday newspaper, a recent poll showed that 71 percent of Scots have a negative view of Johnson, while 69 percent are positive towards the Prince.
The pro-independence camp in Scotland has already made it clear that it does not want royal intervention. Former Scottish Prime Minister Alex Salmond recently suggested that his “desperate” ideological opponents are trying to put the Prince in their favour. According to British media, he called on the royal family to stay above politics.