Prince William attended secret meetings in preparation for when Charles is King

Prince William attended secret meetings to prepare for when his dad Prince Charles becomes King.

When Charles ascends the throne William will become the heir apparent and take over the running of the Duchy of Cornwall from his father.

He will become the Duke of Cornwall, although he'll be better known as the Prince of Wales as is tradition for the heir apparent.

The Duchy is valued in the hundreds of millions of pounds and according to the Prince of Wales' website, "provides an annual income of £21m which The Prince uses to support himself, his children and their families as well as his philanthropic work, which raises over £100m annually for a variety of good causes."

William has already been attending meetings of the Duchy at Clarence House, some of which have been recorded in the Court Circular (the official diary of royal engagements).

It is another sign that William is being groomed for the new role, as Charles steps towards becoming King in all but name while the Queen steps back from some royal duties in light of her recent health issues.

Charlie Proctor, editor of Royal Central, told Daily Star: "As per tradition, when Prince Charles does take to the throne, William and Kate will become the Prince and Princess of Wales meaning he will take on additional duties to assist the monarch.

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"Just like Prince Charles is preparing to become King, William is already preparing to become Prince of Wales ready for the duties and responsibilities he will have to take on.

"As time goes on his presence becomes ever more important meaning he has to commit all of his working time to royal duties.

"I think it is important to say that just like his father, William is also preparing to become King. There is no chance that William will be Prince of Wales for more than 60 years.

"As such, he must also learn the ropes because his time on the throne may come sooner rather than later.

"William is preparing to become Prince of Wales [and King] through his current duties as second-in-line to the throne.

"He is championing causes he cares about, is holding meetings and audiences with various groups and is being advised by senior aides."

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