Prince William wanted to be able to do “something really worthwhile” privately and far from public attention, according to royal expert Angela Levin. The author of Prince Harry: Conversations with the Prince said: “William was rather disappointed that he was an heir to the throne because he wanted a private life.”
The Duke of Cambridge, Ms Levin added, was very much on the same page as his brother Prince Harry when it came to deciding how to use their platform.
Appearing on Mail Plus Palace Confidential, the author said: “I think that he and Harry wanted – what Harry said to me – was to ‘make a difference’.
“And they didn’t want to just go and cut ribbons and be a name on the top of a piece of paper.
“They wanted to do something really worthwhile.
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“And it came out that they wanted to help people with their mental health campaign that they did.
“And I think it is really important – that way they feel like they are really achieving something.”
Prince William, who is second-in-line to the throne, reportedly grew so fond of the freedom and privacy he had at St Andrews University he wanted to spend a few years in the US before returning to his homeland and take on his royal role.
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In 2003, two years into William’s university life, a courtier told The Scotsman: “William is determined to maintain a degree of anonymity and feels America offers him the best chance of that.”
Reporter Louisa Pearson added: “Work in a gallery or auction house, and the possibility of a postgraduate degree, have apparently been discussed.”
Speaking about the possibility of a temporary relocation of the then 21-year-old to US, Ms Pearson added: “This would be an unprecedented move.
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“But William seems determined to forge his own path – he rarely undertakes royal duties and signs his cheques ‘William Wales’.”
Both Prince Harry and Prince William were granted a degree of freedom and privacy during their school years.
While they had both attended from an early age key engagements in the royal diary such as Trooping the Colour, they started regularly taking on royal work only in their mid-20s.
After leaving university, where he gained a 2:1 degree in Geography, the now-Duke of Cambridge joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, which led to a career in the RAF.
In 2014, he accepted a full-time role as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, an experience which he has often recalled during the pandemic when speaking about NHS staff.
Only three years later, he decided to end his career as a pilot and become a full-time working member of the Royal Family.
A few after the Duke’s last shift at EAAA, Prince Philip carried out his last official engagement and retired from public duties.
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Prince William has since become a crucial member of the Royal Family, assisting the Queen and Prince Charles in key duties such as investiture ceremonies and meeting diginitaries.
He has also taken part in several tours abroad on the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as part of its soft power strategy ahead of Brexit.
Throughout the pandemic, he and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, have stepped up to the plate by continuing their work via video link whenever face-to-face engagements were not possible.
Moreover, they have become vocal advocates of the importance safeguarding the mental health of NHS staff.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK