THE QUEEN has played a pivotal role in preparing Prince William to become king one day. However, there was a time when the Queen lamented how little she saw her grandson. This is the “great sadness” the Queen felt about her relationship with William revealed.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William have a very special relationship. The monarch has carefully tutored her grandson in the “art of kingship” since he was a teenager. However, during Prince William’s younger years he and his grandmother were not so close – something that caused the monarch “great sadness” a royal biographer has claimed.
Prince William is second in line to the British throne after his father Prince Charles.
The Duke of Cambridge, 37, will one day become king, the magnitude of which he was made aware of this from a very young age.
However, it wasn’t until he turned 13 that his real lessons in the role began. At this time Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship had begun to collapse.
Queen heartbreak Queen’s ‘great sadness’ over Prince William revealed (Image GETTY)
Diana had given an explosive TV interview to the BBC’s Panorama programme in which she shared private details about the Royal Family and even questioned her estranged husband’s suitability to become king.
When asked if she believed Charles would ever be King, Princess Diana said: “I don’t think any of us know the answer to that. And obviously it’s a question that’s in everybody’s head. But who knows, who knows what fate will produce, who knows what circumstances will provoke?”
She added: “There was always conflict on that subject with him when we discussed it, and I understood that conflict, because it’s a very demanding role, being Prince of Wales, but it’s an equally more demanding role being King.
“And being Prince of Wales produces more freedom now, and being King would be a little bit more suffocating. And because I know the character I would think that the top job, as I call it, would bring enormous limitations to him, and I don’t know whether he could adapt to that.”
But when asked if the title should be passed directly to Prince William, Diana said: “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? So I can’t answer that question.”
Queen heartbreak The Queen began mentoring William when he was 13 (Image GETTY)
Queen heartbreak The Duke of Cambridge is learning the royal ways from his grandmother (Image GETTY)
The interview prompted fears among courtiers that William’s mother may not be providing him with the kind of guidance he needed as heir to the throne.
Diana’s private secretary Patrick Jepherson said: “It was no secret that towards the end of her life, reactionary elements in the establishment were questioning her desirability as a mentor in the art of kingship.”
In her book, My Husband and I: The Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal Marriage, royal biographer and expert Ingrid Seward describes how William had just begun Eaton when the Queen stepped in to provide him guidance.
Ingrid Seward wrote: “The one person who could help, who had to help, was the Queen.
“She knew only too well what pressures William was facing. She told her advisors she feared he might crack up like his mother had.”
According to Ms Seward William then began meeting the Queen regularly for lunch.
She wrote: ”He started joining the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh for lunch.
“Afterwards Prince Philip would leave the Queen and her grandson together in the Oak Drawing Room overlooking the quadrangle.”
Queen heartbreak The Queen is fond of Prince William’s wife Kate (Image GETTY)
These allowed William and the Queen to speak freely in a way that they never had been able to previously.
Ms Seward claimed ahead of Princess Diana’s separation from Charles the Queen had been saddened by how little she saw Prince William.
Ms Seward wrote: ”They talked in a way they never could have done before.
“One of her great sadnesses was that, until the seperation, she had hardly seen him.
“Now, at last, she was able to do so on a regular basis and form a proper relationship.
“In this quiet intimacy, the Queen was able to impress upon William that the institution of the monarchy was something to be upheld and respected, and worth preserving.”
Prince William and the Queen appear to remain close to this day and the monarch has even begun to prepare William’s wife Kate, Duchess Cambridge for the role of Queen Consort.
The Duchess and the Queen have attended a string of public engagements together in the past year.
The monarch made Kate a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order following her eight wedding anniversary to Prince William this year.
The special honour reflects the Queen’s high opinion of the Duchess of Cambridge.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK