Where there’s a Wills: I’ll do my best stepping into dad’s shoes

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Where there’s a Wills: I’ll do my best stepping into dad’s shoes

As he prepares to make his own mark on father’s rich legacy, he admits he’ll ‘never know as much as he does’

Hannah Furness

A royal visit is a curious thing. Jittering excitement, weeks of preparation, and a last-minute panic about how exactly to pronounce “ma’am” are par for the course, while a wise man once observed the queen may well believe the world smells of fresh paint.

As the Duke of Cambridge arrives in Newton St Loe, Somerset, on a picturesque summer’s day, the atmosphere is a little different. Not because staff aren’t excited, of course, but because his presence in the Duchy of Cornwall is no longer a remarkable novelty.

Quietly, over the past year or so, the duke has become a feature of Duchy life, as father and son enter a period of transition which has seen them work together more closely than before. After 50 years at the helm of the duchy, the Prince of Wales has left a legacy of a business worth nearly £1bn, with his own passion for farming at the heart of it. The duke, as he puts it, must now find his own way, taking the best of his father’s expertise and taking it on for a new generation...

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