PRINCE WILLIAM was caught up in an “extraordinary” security scare when he was caught speeding, and pursued by a “furious” landowner, according to a royal biographer.
Prince William is now settled down into family life with Kate Middleton and their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Although the Duke of Cambridge is steadfastly and responsibly working on his senior royal duties in support of the Queen, he did have some tearaway moments in his younger days – including a high-speed “security scare”. Veteran royal correspondent Robert Jobson, in his 2006 book “William’s Princess” takes a look at the youthful incident.
Mr Jobson writes how at university the Duke of Cambridge was “buoyed up by his new-found freedom and not restricted emotionally, William was enjoying spreading his wings”.
He added: “But his exuberance got him into trouble that summer and back on to the front pages.
“In June 2003, Prince Charles was forced to apologise on behalf of his eldest son to an aristocrat who condemned William for ‘driving like some yob in a beat-up car’ during a weekend break from university.
“The 76-year-old Lord Bathurst prompted a security scare in a road-rage incident when he chased the prince who had overtaken him on a private road on the earl’s estate in Gloucestershire.
The Duke of Cambridge (Image: Getty)
William pictured in 2003 (Image: Getty)
“It was an extraordinary drama, occurring just a month shy of William’s 21st birthday, which again showed his readiness to take risks.
“It came after William had played a polo match at Cirencester with his father.
“Ignoring the unofficial speed limit on the estate, William was pursued by a furious Lord Bathurst in his Land Rover, blasting his horn and flashing his lights at the prince’s vehicle.
“William’s police bodyguards were forced to intervene.
“But despite the apology the aristocrat blasted Williams’ behaviour.”
The earl reportedly said: “I don’t care who it is, royalty or not speeding is not allowed on my estate,
“The limit is 20mph.
“If I were to drive like that in Windsor Park, I’d end up in the Tower.
However, William is in illustrious company when it comes to being caught speeding.
Both his aunt and cousin, Princess Anne and Zara Tindall, have faced fines and temporary driving bans for speeding near their home Gatbomb Park in Gloucestershire.
Prince Andrew has also faced complaints from locals for speeding around Windsor Great Park – and escaped a more official telling-off.
Traffic police stopped the Duke of York in 2002 after he was clocked doing 60mph in a 40mph zone as he drove to Heathrow to catch a flight to the Open golf championship.
In 2010 the Duke of York also caused injuries to a police officer as he sped into Buckingham Palace.
It was reported how Andrew drove at up to 50 or 60mph on Constitution Hill, before he approached the gates of the Palace.
The prince was at the wheel of his 4×4 with personalised Duke of York plates and overtook the queue of traffic before swinging at speed into the entrance.
As he did so, Andrew’s 2.5tonne car clipped a Royal PPO as he frantically ushered tourists out of the vehicle’s path.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK