PRINCE WILLIAM felt betrayed and angry when, after opening up to to Tony Blair in a series of private conversations, the former Prime Minister revealed his secrets in his autobiography, a newly-resurfaced report claims.
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Tony Blair’s relationship with the Royal Family during his time as Prime Minister was not an easy one. His wife Cherie did not curtsey to the Queen on her first visit to Balmoral in 1997, and wore a trouser suit – which allegedly left the Queen Mother “mortified”. Her Majesty’s interests clashed with Mr Blair’s too.
It is widely known that the monarch loves the countryside, country sports, horses and dogs, while Mr Blair prefers the city, holidays in Barbados, tennis and football.
For this reason, the tradition annual visit by the Prime Minister to Balmoral reportedly became something of an ordeal for the Labour leader and the lengths of their stays were kept to a minimum.
It was during one of these visits though, that Prince William became incredibly close to Mr Blair, developing a confider-confidante relationship.
However, according to a 2010 report by the Daily Star, their bond did not last.
Prince William was said to be furious with Tony Blair (Image GETTY)
Tony Blair’s relationship with the Queen was not an easy one (Image GETTY)
Mr Blair published in his autobiography “A Journey” all the private conversations he had held with the future King, sparking a furious reaction not only from William but also from the Palace.
Mr Blair claimed in his book that the future King hated the “prison walls” of his destiny.
He wrote: “He knew now, if he didn’t before, what being a prince and a king meant.
“For all the sense of duty, the prison walls of hereditary tradition must have seemed too high a price to pay.”
Mr Blair went on to to say that the Duke of Cambridge was angry at being made to play a public role while he was grieving for his mum.
Tony and Cherie Blair on their way to Balmoral (Image GETTY)
Prince William thought his conversation with Mr Blair would remain private (Image GETTY)
He said: “I had also spoken to William who was not only still grieving but angry.
“ He knew, rationally, why the week between Diana’s death and the funeral had to be as it had been.
“But he felt acutely the conflict between public position and private emotion.”
One Palace aid told the Daily Star at the time: “William would have thought that any conversation with a Prime Minister would be confidential.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did not invite Mr Blair at their 2011 royal wedding, despite it being a “semi-state” occasion.
Tony Blair was not invited to William and Kate’s wedding (Image GETTY)
By contrast, his Conservative predecessors, Sir John Major and Baroness Thatcher, received invitations.
Lady Thatcher declined on health grounds but Sir John attended.
A spokesman for St James’s Palace said Mr Blair had not received an invitation because he was not a Knight of the Garter, unlike Sir John and Lady Thatcher.
However, Labour MPs said it was “surprising” and “odd” that Mr Blair had been snubbed on what was a “great British occasion”.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK