PRINCE WILLIAM and Prince Harry’s differences as brothers first manifested themselves from a very early age, unearthed accounts claim.
The Duke of Sussex celebrated his 37th birthday this week, and his family posted some very sweet photos to celebrate the occasion. The Queen’s official Twitter account posted four photos of the Duke, including one featuring Meghan Markle. Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and Camilla posted three photos of the Duke, one of which was an adorable throwback of Charles and his son.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, meanwhile, used their official account to post one simple photo of Harry.
William and Harry have not seen eye to eye in the last couple of years, notably after he and Meghan quit the Royal Family to pursue a new life in California, and stunned the world with their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.
The brothers will, however, be reunited on screen next week. A BBC film tribute called ‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’ airs on September 22 at 9pm, and features Harry, William and Charles.
However, it remains unclear where the interviews were conducted and whether they were filmed separately.
Harry and William, like all brothers and sisters, have always had their differences.
Yet it was on their first skiing trip back in April 1991 that the real “intriguing dissimilarities” between the brothers first emerged.
Princess Diana took her sons to the Austrian skiing resort of Lech, where journalist Paul Harris was also sent to report.
He spoke to royal expert Angela Levin about the trip in her book ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’.
He told Ms Levin: “Soon after I got to the nursery slopes, William, then eight, and Harry, six, arrived with their police protection officers and instructor.
“I think it was only their second day of tuition but it soon became obvious they had learned quickly, despite the fact that much of the snow was turning to slush at that time.
“What was instantly apparent was the difference between the pair in the way they approached this new sport.”
William and Harry were both encouraged to pursue extracurricular activities.
William was a promising footballer and water polo player, while Harry was described as a “top tier athlete” and played competitive polo and rugby union.
Mr Harris continued: “At the top of the slope, on his first long run, Harry crouched down, tucked his arms into his side and launched himself with melodramatic gusto.
“He sped downhill in a straight line at maximum speed and let out a Geronimo-style exclamation.
“His face was contorted with excitement and he laughed out loud when he reached the end of the run.
William, however, was much more apprehensive about flying down the slopes.
Mr Harris explained: “William, meanwhile, stayed where he was, motionless. If I had to guess I would say he was crying.
“After a few moments with his instructor he skied gingerly to about halfway down the slope and came to a gentle halt, while Harry was already tramping uphill again for a second go.
“I think I had witnessed an intriguing dissimilarity in the character of the young princes – one that would repeatedly show itself in their adult lives.”
Ms Levin wrote Harry was equally fearless in water. The young royal, aged just eight at the time, dived more than 30ft from the stern of a yacht he and his family were staying on, and roared with laughter as he surfaced.
It has been argued that Harry, in particular, gets his personality from his mother. The late princess’ voice coach Stewart Pearce told Us Weekly earlier this year that William looks like Diana with his “pure features”, notably his light blue eyes.
He added: “But Harry, in terms of his impetuosity [is Diana]. Harry, in terms of his intuitive explosions of energy, [is the most like her].
“I suppose, slightly, William from the external point of view. But Harry from [his] wonderful ebullience [and] passionate [personality like his mother].
“He’s the guy. He loves life. He has fun.”
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