Prince William was reportedly out of control when he was a child. It came to a point when his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, complained to his grandfather, Prince Philip, and thought of getting him a stricter nanny, a report says.
Prince William Was A Cause Of Concern To Queen Elizabeth When He Was A Toddler
The Duke of Cambridge has grown up to be reserved and responsible. However, he was very different when he was a child, according to royal biographer Tina Brown.
Prince Charles and Prince William have decades to prepare for their thrones. Both were still a child when they learned about their destiny as the future king of England.
However, Her Majesty was worried about her grandson's behavior because he was a brat.
"As a toddler, [William] had been a cause of concern to the Queen when he showed signs of being a brat," Brown wrote in her book The Palace Papers, Express reported. "She complained to her husband that their grandson was 'out of control' and needed a stricter nanny."
Aside from being difficult, the second in line to the throne reportedly had a line that he used to threaten his nanny.
"She was not amused that he loved to say: 'When I am king, I’m going to make a new rule that..." Brown added.
"By the time he was four, he had the unattractive habit of yapping at his nanny, Barbara Barnes: 'No one tells me what to do! When I am king I will have you punished."
Prince William Had A Change Of Heart When He Grew Up
However, things seemingly changed when Prince William turned older. According to royal expert Robert Jobson on Channel 5 program William & Harry: Princes At War? there was a time when Prince William told his mother, Princess Diana, he "didn't want to be king." When his younger brother, Prince Charles, heard it, the younger royal offered to take over the throne, Yahoo! Lifestyle reported.
"If you don’t want the job I’ll have it," Prince Harry reportedly said.
During Princess Diana's infamous Panorama interview with Martin Bashir in 1995, she was asked if she thought the role of king should go directly to her son, Prince William, who was only 13 at the time.
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"Well, then you have to see that William’s very young at the moment, so do you want a burden like that to be put on his shoulders at such an age?" Princess Diana said. "So I can’t answer that question."
Now that Prince William is close to 40 years old, former royal correspondent Jennie Bond believes that he is ready for the role. She noted that there was reluctance during Prince William's early teens, but over the years, he had proven himself ready for his destiny.
"But in the last couple of years, he has shown convincingly that he is the man for the role and that he cares about being king," Bond told OK!. "He absolutely fully accepts the role and the responsibility destiny has put his way."
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