Royal artist Nicky Philipps has discussed Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship when the brothers came to sit for their portraits in 2008. Ms Philips was commissioned to paint the Dukes for the National Portrait Gallery and told the latest episode of ITV’s Keeping Up With The Aristocrats that at the time the brothers were “so close.
Ms Philipps reveals in the ITV documentary: “I painted them for the National Portrait Gallery, they were so sweet.
“They were so close.”
“Those were the days,” she added.
“I said look can I possibly have them at home and they did which was amazing.”
Nicky Philipps created the first double portrait of Princes William and Harry together in 2008
Artist Nicky Phillips stands beside a double portrait she painted of Prince William and Prince Harry
The portrait painter continued: “They were in full uniform clanking, spurs just walked around into the house, and not one single one of my neighbours noticed anything and this happened five times.”
Ms Philipps explained how she had been “savaged” for her painting of Prince William.
She said: “That was in 2008 where I got savaged for forgiving William too much hair.
“I think poor chap lost quite a lot of it in 2009, I don’t know what happened then but it all fell out.”
It comes as Prince William begins to take on “heavy duties” with a trip to Dubai as the Queen starts to “back down” in her role, according to royal biographer Angela Levin.
Ms Levin was asked on GB New last week: “Things the Queen would have done a few years ago are now clearly being delegated.
“How do you think they are dividing it between Prince Charles and Prince William?”
She responded: “The trip to Dubai for William is absolutely perfect.”
Ms Levin continued: “In 2018 he went to Israel and Jordan, which is a diplomatic minefield, and he did very well there. This is an extension of that.
“Charles already has a lot on his plate because he has taken on the majority of what the Queen would do. It works well for both of them that William takes this on.
“The ruler of Dubai says he wants to invest £12bn into our economy and my goodness, we could do with that.
“They think William will charm him.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK