Prince William's friend reveals determination to give his children 'consistency'

Anya Meyerowitz
·2-min read
Photo credit: Comic Relief
Photo credit: Comic Relief

Much has been said about Princess Diana's informal attitude to royal protocol and it was her conscious choice to parent her two sons differently than might usually be expected of a royal, that really struck a chord with the public.

And now, as part of a Sunday Times profile on Prince William, the royal's close friends have revealed how the heir to the throne feels the same 'determination' to give his children some semblance of normality.

Miguel Head, who worked alongside the prince for ten years until 2018, as William, Kate and Harry’s communications secretary and later as William’s private secretary, explained that: 'after children came along he says William developed a “visceral determination to give them a life of consistency and privacy that were missing for large parts of his own childhood.'

While another close aide talked about benefits of the Cambridges enjoying a few years of 'normal' married life, away from the full-time glare of the royal spotlight: 'For years, the battles around privacy and paparazzi intrusion were all-consuming. He wanted to know, could we build them a credible plan allowing them a family life while slowly increasing the profile of official life? It took years to get there, but the success of that plan allowed him to be confident and content in his role. He’s not worried about his kids’ privacy any more and he has been able to be the kind of dad he wants to be.'

The deep dive into the life of Diana's eldest child comes in the wake of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey (aired in the UK on 8th March), which sparked a response from William.

In answer to a journalist Sky News who asked the Duke of Cambridge about the, now infamous, interview, he responded: 'We are very much not a racist family'.

And when further question about whether he had spoken to his brother since the Oprah Winfrey interview, he responded: 'No, I haven’t spoken to him yet but I will do'.

Michelle Obama has also joined the roster of celebrities who have publicly responded to the interview, telling Access: 'I just pray that there is forgiveness and there is clarity and love and resolve at some point in time.'

You can read the full portrait of Prince William via The Sunday Times here.

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