PRINCESS DIANA would tease old Etonians as she suggested to them that Princes William and Harry should attend a comprehensive school.
Princess Diana would often jest that Princes William and Harry would be better suited at a comprehensive school as opposed to Eton. Royal author Tom Quinn explained on Channel 5 documentary, William and Kate: Too Good to Be True, that Diana’s reasoning was to allow her sons to be educated with ordinary children. It comes as William has been hailed for his approachable manner which came from Diana’s upbringing.
Mr Quinn said: “Diana used to tease the rather stuffy old guard advisers who were themselves old Etonians.
“She used to tease them and say, ‘I really think I must look at sending William and Harry to Holland Park Comprehensive School. It would do them good to be educated with ordinary children’.”
Royal reporter Neil Sean added: “I think the great connection William has is he’s a very approachable, very down to Earth person.
“That really comes form the upbringing that Princess Diana gave him.
Princess Diana wanted to send William and Harry to a comprehensive school (Image: GETTY)
Princess Diana and Charles with Harry and William (Image: GETTY)
“It’s not all about palaces, kings and courtiers, there are real people out there.”
Mr Quinn went on to reveal how Kate was seen as a “disgrace” by old-fashioned aristocrats.
He said: “The old Etonians, they saw Kate’s background where she worked for a company, her parents’ company.
“The old-fashioned part of the Palace didn’t like it at all.
Princess Diana and Charles when engaged (Image: GETTY)
“Powerful people cannot help in many cases looking down on other people and wanting to preserve their little club.
“Kate was pushed out because she was tainted by association with this family who sold party hats, what a disgrace.”
The revelation comes as Kate and Prince William, 37, have stepped up their royal duties in the coronavirus pandemic as the Queen, 94, continues to self-isolate at Windsor Castle.
Royal historian, Marlene Koenig, explained the Cambridges need to take on more responsibilities in preparation for them ascending to the throne.
Line of succession (Image: EXPRESS)
She noted more focus is on Kate and William as their reign is likely to be longer than Prince Charles’.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms Koenig said: “Let’s be realistic here, the Queen’s 94 years old.
“She’s in great health, great genes, great doctors but there’s going to come a time when she is not with us anymore.
“It is inevitable and Charles’ reign will be much shorter than his mother’s largely due to the fact his mum came to the throne when she was 25.
“She’s living a very long and healthy life but the burden really is on the Cambridges.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK