PRINCE WILLIAM was close to both his mother Princess Diana and father Prince Charles growing up – but it was when he was away at boarding school that he truly “blossomed”, according to a royal expert.
Prince William ‘blossomed’ while away from parents says expert
This is likely because the breakdown of Charles and Diana’s relationship made life at home very difficult. Speaking to the documentary ‘Prince William at Thirty’, uploaded to YouTube in June 2012, royal experts described how the troubles at home took its toll on William. Former royal protection officer Ken Wharfe said how Diana put “tremendous responsibility” on William’s shoulders as she sought his help and guidance in moments of fragility.
Despite the turmoil at home, William passed the entrance exam for the elite boarding school Eton.
Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond said: “He had his own life there, and his own friends and I think he blossomed actually at Eton.”
Away from the drama at home, William excelled academically and on the playing fields.
His parents even showed a rare moment of solidarity on his first day at the school, when he followed Etonian tradition by signing in his own name.
Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Charles (Image: GETTY)
Prince William with his family on his first day at Eton (Image: GETTY)
However, his teenage years were still rocked by his parents’ tumultuous relationship, followed by their eventual break-up and divorce.
Even more tragically, Diana died in a fatal car crash in Paris when William was just 15 years old.
Despite the tragedy, William still did well at school and achieved 12 GCSEs.
He then went on to get three A-levels – Geography (A), History of Art (A) and Biology (C).
These results are better than both of his parents, with Charles earning himself just two A-levels – B in History and C in French – and Diana reportedly failing all her O-levels, twice.
According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, it might even have been the tragedy in William’s life that spurred him on to do well in school.
She said: “He had pleasantly surprised his teachers at Eton when he passed each of his twelve GCSEs, excelling in English, History and languages.”
She added: “The loss to Prince William and Prince Harry was almost unbearable, and when William returned to school, he threw himself into his studies as a distraction.”
Prince William with his family and Eton Housemaster Dr Andrew Gailey (Image: GETTY)
Prince William captaining his side (gaileys) in his House colours (Image: GETTY)
His education at Eton prepared him for university, where he studied Geography at St Andrews in Scotland, earning himself a 2:1.
St Andrews is also where he met Kate Middleton, who he would eventually end up dating and marrying in 2011.
Kate also achieved a 2:1 in History of Art.
The pair now have three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK