PRINCE William’s grandfather Prince Philip had some harsh words for him when he threatened to drop out of university, a book has claimed.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, broke royal tradition when he chose to attend St Andrews University in Scotland instead of Cambridge or Oxford. The decision was eventually supported by his family, including the Queen. It was at university the father of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis met his wife, Kate Middleton.
However, after only one semester at the university, William was ready to drop out of the “claustrophobic” school.
In 2011 book “The Making of a Royal Romance” by Katie Nicholl, the royal expert explains: “William became bored in Scotland. He missed his friends in Gloucestershire and going to his favourite nightclubs in London.
“The advantage of St Andrews being so small was that he was well protected, but the town could be claustrophobic.”
Prince Charles “knew he had a crisis on his hands” when William informed his father at Christmas he did not want to return for a second semester.
The Duke of Cambridge is said to have complained he was not enjoying his course and that St Andrews was too far away.
While Charles is said to have listened “patiently”, William’s grandfather Prince Philip had a different approach.
“‘He needs to knuckle down and not wimp out’, was Philip’s typically blunt response,” revealed Ms Nicholl.
The royal correspondent went on to explain at the time: “It could have been disastrous for the monarchy if William had pulled out.
“The Royal family enjoyed close ties with Scotland and did not want to alienate the Scots.”
In the end, William did return to his university and went on to make many life-long friends and, of course, meet Kate Middleton.
The couple were friends for sometime before their relationship turned romantic.
After eight years of on-off dating, the couple got engaged in 2010 and married at Westminster Abbey in 2011.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK