Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) December 17, 2009 -- Speaking at a meeting of the Princes' Charles Forum, which brings together 20 diverse groups, including charities, twice a year, Prince William, 27, second in line to the throne after his father Prince Charles, declared he does not want to be seen as mere 'ornament' when it comes to royal duties. He and his brother Harry want to build further on the charitable work of their family.
The princes have gained inspiration from the work of their parents, the Prince of Wales and the late Princess Diana, William said.
A spokeswoman for the princes said the foundation plans to support work in three general areas: support for young people, sustainable development and aid for wounded military personnel.
"There's a time and a place for being an ornament as such -- or, you know, shaking hands and being at an engagement and showing support in that way," William told BBC television. "But I think there's an awful lot more (to be gained) from actually doing stuff".
It has been reported by the Daily Mail, that it is estimated that Prince William will incur higher expenses due to his undertaking more duties on behalf of Queen Elizabeth.
It has been noticed that Prince William is taking on more and more political duties, though his major focus still remains on his military career.
Buckingham Palace has denied the report that Prince William maybe a king in the shadows.
In the meantime it looks as if Kate Middleton, rumoured to be the wife of the future king, is a royal-in-training. Royal watchers are anticipating a Christmas engagement, though it is well known that Prince William does not intend to enter marriage until he is at least 28 or 30.
For the first time, the Queen warned the paparazzi to preserve royal privacy over the Christmas holidays. This is seen by many as being a run up to the preparations for a Christmas announcement by the young couple.
It has been reported that all three princes, Charles, William and Harry are ready to take legal action over 'intrusive and unacceptable behavior' on the part of the paparazzi.
Various members of the Royal family still charge photographers with the death of Princess Diana.
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