Prince William seemed super-relaxed playing polo on Friday, with no Kate around

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Trendspotting: in recent weeks, Prince William has tried to look less angry, enraged and incandescent, correct? Perhaps it began when William took a firm hand in denying Kate access to the fakakta statue unveiling. Suddenly, it was like he was a new man. He was no longer so clenched and tight. He looked downright relaxed at the statue unveiling without Kate there. So, who knows, maybe there *is* something to the theory that Kate’s Covid-exposure isolation was just a cover story for “William didn’t want to do events with Kate for a few weeks.”

As for Kate’s “ten day isolation,” it ended after seven full days and then she was out watching the women’s final at Wimbledon on Saturday with William. But on the day before, she was still technically “in isolation.” Which is why Kate didn’t turn up at William’s charity polo match on Friday. The event was the 2021 Out-Sourcing Inc Royal Charity Polo Cup, which raised money for Centrepoint, EACH and a half-dozen of the Cambridges’ other patronages. This is the first time in two years that William has played polo, and there was even one curious story about how he had given up polo and sold his polo ponies and Harry’s polo ponies. I guess he kept at least one polo pony.

Anyway, as you can see, William seemed… super-relaxed at the polo match. Maybe he was just happy to go back to a hobby he once loved. Maybe it just felt good to enjoy some good weather and be out in the sun. Maybe he took a low-dose Xanax. Maybe he’s learned that he’s a lot less tense when Kate is not around.

Sidenote: I’m curious about whether Kate will go to the Euro final this evening. William will definitely be there, and CNN had a very strange story about how William’s presence at the football match will be “a key test” because he will be on camera in reaction shots and he’s responsible for capturing the nation’s mood: “If he can look like the nation feels, it will be his biggest opportunity to date to connect with his future subjects and show he’s there for them like his grandmother has always been. This isn’t just about a royal football fan turning up to watch a game, it’s about future-proofing the British monarchy and securing its place at the heart of the nation.” It seems to me like the best way for William to capture the mood is to stop worrying about performing a certain emotion and perhaps just sitting back and enjoying what should be an exciting final.

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