Royal rift: How William ‘stood his ground’ and defied Philip’s wishes to stay near Kate


PRINCE WILLIAM “stood his ground” against the orders of Prince Philip and refused to go into the Royal Navy, so he could spend time nurturing his romance with Kate Middleton, according to a royal author.

Kate and William married in their spectacular 2011 royal wedding, which came ten years after the couple first met at university in 2001. William joined Sandhurst to train as an Army officer in 2005 after graduating from the University of St Andrews, and had a career in the Forces until 2013. However, the prince’s grandfather, Prince Philip, had other plans for the second-in-line to the throne, which William stubbornly stood up against, according to a royal expert.

Veteran royal editor Robert Jobson, in his 2006 book “William’s Princess”, takes a look the early days of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s romance. 

Mr Jobson writes: “For where Charles bowed to his father and great-uncle Louis’ desire for him to enter the Royal Navy, a less than subtle strategy to separate him from the inappropriate Camilla, William has done nothing of the sort.

“It was strongly suggested to him by his grandfather, Prince Philip, that he ought to go into the Royal Navy. 

“He was told it would be a fitting choice for the future King. 

Prince William and Prince Philip

Prince William and Prince Philip (Image: Getty)

Prince William and Queen Elizabeth II

Prince William passing out from Sandhurst (Image: Getty)

“William, showing his strength of character and determination not to be bullied from his path, has cleverly avoided this. 

“The prospect of months at sea was not one that inspired him. 

“Instead, he chose to train at Sandhurst, the elite military academy. 

“It was a decision that led many royal writers to point light-heartedly to the potential embarrassment of William having to salute his younger brother as his superior. 

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton with her parents watching William’s passing out parade (Image: Getty)

“It was a minimal price for William, and one well worth paying if it meant remaining on the same soil as Kate. 

“As a member of the Royal Navy, there would be no contact for months on end.” 

Princess Diana’s former Private Secretary, and ex-Royal Navy Commander, Patrick Jephson told the author: “That is precisely why the Duke of Edinburgh was suggesting it. He is a pragmatist. 

“He knows that young men can grow attached too soon and it would give them the perfect excuse to get William away, as far as possible if it was felt such a course was needed.” 

Prince William and Kate timeline

Prince William and Kate timeline (Image: DX)

Mr Jobson continues: “But it was not a view shared by William himself; he stood his ground and won. 

“As a trainee officer in Sandhurst he could invite Kate to dinners and balls and, when William was allowed to leave barracks, the couple could enjoy time together.” 

Like Prince Philip and Prince Charles, William’s uncle Prince Andrew also had a career in the Royal Navy. 

Andrew’s Naval career is something that Sarah Ferguson has often spoken of, and the difficulties she faced as her husband was stationed away for long periods of time. 

Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar in 2007, Fergie said: “I married my boy, who happened to be a prince and a sailor, because I loved him – and still do – my only condition being, ‘I have to be with you.’  

“And two weeks after the wedding, the courtiers told Andrew, who thought he’d be stationed in London, ‘You have to go to sea.’ 

“I spent my entire first pregnancy alone; when Beatrice was born, Andrew got 10 days of shore leave, and when he left and I cried, they all said: ‘Grow up and get a grip.’” 

The Duchess of York also offered her advice to Kate, saying: “”All I’d say is, no matter what, stay with your man; don’t let him be taken from you. 

“Prince or no prince, love that man, and that love will hold him. 

“Don’t let them tell you what to feel, how to do things, who you are. Be yourself.”


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