“Can Do What I Want”
Book sheds light on the lives of the prince brothers
4/26/2022, 3:06 p.m
Although they are brothers and royals, William and Harry’s childhoods were very different. While the heir to the throne is said to have been a great support to his mother Diana, the younger prince is becoming a rascal, according to a new book.
Both Prince William and Prince Harry are said to have been aware of their future roles in the royal family from an early age. While the one apparently soon devoted himself to the seriousness of life, the other initially attracted attention primarily with practical jokes. This is what royal expert Robert Jobson claims in his new book “William at 40: The Making of a Modern Monarch”, which is due to be published in early May. The British “Daily Mail” has an excerpt about the childhood and adolescence of the Royal brothers.
Harry is said to have found early on that his brother William was allegedly the darling of some employees and his great-grandmother Queen Mum (1900-2002). Among other things, William is said to have invited her without Harry or preferred that the older prince sit next to her at family celebrations.
One teases, the other snitches
“You’re going to be king, I’m not – so I can do whatever I want,” Harry is said to have scolded his brother during an argument when he was just six years old. Her mother, Princess Diana, was “a little shocked”. The fact that he could enjoy more freedom and allow himself more, in turn, annoyed William. It was not uncommon for the older brother to snitch.
When he was still in kindergarten, Harry is said to have kidded a music teacher by saying that his best piece was supposed to be on display – which earned him a visit to the principal. When she told Diana the whole thing, the brothers’ mother is said to have just burst out giggling. In other ways, too, she almost supported the pranks of her two sons. Disciplining them was left to the nannies, and both Diana and Charles were very lenient with them.
Did Princess Diana go too far?
The cheeky nature of the boys was also a challenge for the staff, according to the author. A security guard warned his own successor, saying: “Good luck, you’re going to need it. If these kids had been raised on a council estate somewhere in south London, they would have been placed in a home long ago.”
William could also be difficult at first, at least in private. However, as he got a little older, the prince became an important emotional support for his mother, claims the royal expert. Diana later even admitted privately that she sometimes went too far in burdening her son with her problems.
The difficulties in the marriage of Diana and Prince Charles did not remain hidden from William. His mother is said to have even called him “the man in my life”. He said he did his best to support her and once even said he wanted to be a police officer to protect her.
Insider: William has ‘extreme mood swings’
When he was at Eton College, Diana called him many times and sought emotional support from him. He allegedly asked her not to say negative things about his father Charles because he didn’t want to side with him. The separation and divorce of their parents was very difficult for both princes. It was particularly “excruciating” when William’s classmates read newspapers with his father and mother pictured on the front page.
As difficult as it all was, however, William had developed into a “balanced and level-headed adult” – “with an inner core of steel”. Elsewhere, however, palace insiders say Jobson says the heir to the throne is suffering from “extreme mood swings.” He has a “fiery temper” and often gets into “heated arguments” with his wife Catherine. In the 19 years of their relationship, however, she managed to nip her husband’s quick-tempered streak in the bud with her calm streak.