PRINCE WILLIAM shouldered a lot of responsibility from a young age and this included comforting his mother Princess Diana when she was upset, a documentary has revealed.
Prince Charles ‘would have had a fit’ over Diana says expert
Royal experts told the documentary ‘Prince William at Thirty’, uploaded to YouTube in June 2012, that it was often William’s job to be there for Diana when she was down. Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl told one particularly heartbreaking story of when Diana locked herself in the bathroom crying. In an effort to comfort her, her older son pushed tissues underneath the door.
Ms Nicholl said: “There’s one really moving story when Diana was in tears in her bathroom and William was pushing tissues under the door because he could hear her crying.”
Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond added that the roles were often reversed in their relationship.
She explained how William used to say: “It’ll be alright mummy, it’ll be alright, I’ll look after you.”
She added: “It was all the wrong way round for William.
Princess Diana relied on William to comfort her when she was upset (Image: GETTY)
Charles and Diana’s relationship was “frosty” and their body language “non-existant” (Image: GETTY)
“He was having to comfort his mother when she should have been looking after him – he was just a little boy.”
Former royal protection officer Ken Wharfe agreed that Diana and William had this relationship.
He said: “Diana did put a lot of responsibility on William’s shoulders as someone to comfort and to talk to and to be with.”
William’s childhood was rocked by the breakdown of his parents’ marriage and for several years he fulfilled this role of comforter as, presumably, Harry was too young.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl (Image: YouTube / RedSquirrelCrossing)
Ms Nicholl said: “William was just about to enter those very difficult teenage years and had to do so with the backdrop of his parents’ marriage disintegrating in the most publically awful way.”
Until the official separation, the family still had to attend royal events together, but the atmosphere was very tense, as Charles and Diana practically ignored each other.
Former royal press officer Dickie Arbiter said: “The body language between Charles and Diana was non-existent.
“It was so frosty you could have driven an ice-breaker between the two of them and not cracked the ice.”
The family went to Eton for William’s first day, but it was “all for the cameras” – documentary (Image: GETTY)
The state of the marriage took a nosedive when Diana did her famous interview with BBC Panorama in which she came out with some shocking comments.
These included those about her husband’s infidelity, saying there were “three of us” in their marriage, referring to Camilla Parker-Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.
Eventually of course, the Charles and Diana separated and divorced, all with intense scrutiny of the press and public.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK