PRINCE WILLIAM and Prince Harry used to trade youthful bickering about the role that the Duke of Cambridge knew he was destined for, according to a formal royal insider.
Prince William is second-in-line to the throne, behind his father Prince Charles. Now with heirs of his own in little Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the Duke of Cambridge is settled into happy family life and his senior royal duties alongside Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. However, when the prince was small, a Princess Diana insider claims that Prince Harry would tease his older brother about the role he would one day fill.
Speaking on “Robert Jobson’s Royal Podcast” in 2018, Princess Diana’s former protection officer Ken Wharfe claims young Prince Harry would tell William he can do “anything he wants”.
Inspector Wharfe recalled a car journey when the boys were only children.
With their nanny and the late Princess Diana in the vehicle, Harry turned to his older brother and teased: “It’s alright, I can do anything because I won’t be King. You will be, therefore I can do what I want.”
Inspector Wharfe said he believes William “gleefully liked” the acknowledgment Harry had given him of his place in the family.
The DUke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge (Image Getty)
A young Prince William and Prince Harry with Diana and Charles (Image Getty)
He said William was happy that there was “an acknowledgment that at least his brother knew that he would be King”.
He added: “As children, I always thought it was rather funny.”
While William is likely to become King, Me Wharfe added in the podcast that Princess Diana also thought Harry would make a good king.
Mr Wharfe explained: “Many, including Diana, thought that Harry – given his predilection to being quite robust and good at taking orders would have made a good king himself.”
The boys were aware of their status from a young age (Image Getty)
He also recalled how Diana nicknamed her youngest son “Good King Harry” during his youth.
Another episode between the two brothers is reported by biographer Andrew Morton in his 2011 book “William and Catherine”.
Mr Morton writes: “Unsurprisingly, Harry was not slow to join the teasing of his older brother.
“When William said once that he would like to be a policeman and look after his mother, Harry told him emphatically: ‘You can’t, you have to be King.’”
Princess Diana’s former bodyguard recalled the young princes’ bickering (Image Getty)
Prince William and Prince Harry with their parents (Image Getty)
However, sometimes the recognition that William was different could leave Harry feeling “left out”.
Royal author Katie Nicholl, in her 2010 book “William and Harry” writes: “Harry had to get used to William being the ‘special one’ and, from a young age, was aware of the pecking order.”
Ms Nicholl explains how the late Queen Mother would send for William, but not his brother, to see her at her residence.
She writes: “When they were little William would often be invited to Clarence House to see his great-grandmother without Harry.
The pricnes now have growing families of their own (Image Getty)
“‘I’m off to see Gran Gran,’ he would announce, leaving Harry to play alone in the nursery.”
Ms Nicholl continues: “Diana was aware that Harry felt left out and doted on him.”
Diana’s friend Simone Simmons told Ms Nicholl: “He loved having [Diana] to himself and not having to compete with William.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK