Since William was born on June 21, 1982, at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, his whole life has been mapped out. William knew from a young age the significance of his parents and that one day he would be King.
However, according to Royal author Robert Jobson writing in William’s Princess, published in 2006, the future King had another career in mind linked to his late mother Princess Diana.
He said: “His mother leaned heavily on her eldest son in her times of need – times when William was still just a little boy.
“He also had a natural knack of spotting what Princess Diana needed.
“Whenever Diana felt uncertain, William was there for her.
Prince William has known from a young age that he was going to be King
William pictured here as a toddler in 1983 always knew his parents were different
“He once told her he wanted to be a policeman so he could protect her.
“Her heart must have ached with love at his earnest words.”
Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton wrote about a conversation Diana had with William and Harry in his book about the late Princess of Wales.
He penned: “William and Harry were aware of their destiny.
William said he wanted to be a Policeman
“On one occasion the boys were discussing their futures with Diana.
“‘When I grow up I want to be a policeman and look after you Mummy,’ said William.
“Quick as a flash Harry replied, with a note of triumph in his voice, ‘Oh no you can’t, you’ve got to be king’.”
Although William didn’t achieve his ambition, he did of course graduate from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst serving with the Army, Royal Airforce and training with the Navy.
Harry said that William couldn’t become a policeman as he had to be King