PRINCE William was labelled “controlling” by a royal writer who claims Kate Middleton’s husband is “not quite the warm and fuzzy” character that some people may believe.
In the world of controlled public events and traditional media, Prince William, Kate Middleton and a then baby Prince George took part in their first major public engagement in Australia in 2014, as part of their official visit to Australia and New Zealand. Speaking in 2015 BBC documentary “Reinventing the Royals”, Tim Ewart, an ITN royal correspondent, complained: “These are the first people I’ve ever covered who will not speak to me at all. “More than that, the people who represent them will brief me about their movements, about where I can go and where I stand, but they won’t tell me anything about what these people think.”
Although the Australian public have taken to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, some royal correspondents in the local Australian media were “not so comfortable”.
Sarrah Le Marquand, a columnist for The Daily Telegraph Australia, said in the documentary that “the affection that William enjoys in Australia is because the Australian public genuinely think that the affection is mutual”.
According to the narrator Steve Hewlett, journalists “don’t feel that way and believe William doesn’t feel that way either”.
Ms Le Marquand claims that Prince William is “very standoffish” in character.
Prince William is obviously a very controlling character
Sarrah Le Marquand
However, she believes that a lot of journalists are very “charmed” by the Duke but do acknowledge that he is “not quite the warm and fuzzy character that maybe some of the people lining up in the streets think he is”.
The Australian columnist concludes: “For all of his easy going facade, Prince William is obviously a very controlling character.”
Mr Hewlett reveals there was one moment of the official trip that “slipped out of the Prince’s control”.
When William and Kate took a day off from their official duties, they, including Prince George were “snapped by photographers with long-lenses”.
The pictures were published in some local Australian papers and shown on TV. It was a photo opportunity that had “not been planned and was not welcome”.
Camilla Tominey, former Royal Editor for the Sunday Express, said: “The images were very nice because they were showing Kate doing ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’ with a smiling Prince George.”
However, according to Mr Hewlett, the royal couple were very “relaxed” about the images and there was “no row, no issues and no concerns over their use”.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK