Prince Charles convinced ‘daunted’ William to stay in university – ‘Had to come back’

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The Duke of Cambridge started studying a history of art course at St Andrews University in 2001. However, just like many students who move away from home to study, the Prince experienced a “wobble” and spoke to his father about his second thoughts.

In his book, Battle of Brothers, royal author Robert Lacey claimed William wanted to drop out.

According to the author, the future King asked the Prince of Wales if he could switch universities, with Edinburgh as an option.

Charles’s spin doctor at the time, Mark Bolland, told the royal expert: “It was no different from what many first-year students go through.

“We approached the whole thing as a wobble, which was entirely normal.

“St Andrews had a flexible course structure and when they heard that William might be happier majoring in geography, they made sure there were no roadblocks.”

But royal aides urged Charles to “demonstrate more fatherly backbone” with his son.

At the time, Prince William described his experience as a first year university student as being “daunted”.

He told Press Association: “I was like most people, I think, when you first come to university.

“It’s new surroundings, new scenery, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

“But I went home and talked to my father during the holidays, and throughout that time debated about whether to come back – not seriously… but it did cross my mind.

“He was very good about it and we chatted a lot, and in the end we both realised – I definitely realised – that I had to come back.”

During the candid interview, the royal also confessed Prince Charles believed he was lazy.

He said: “My father thinks I’m the laziest person on Earth.

“But surprisingly, I do actually get up. I’ve had 9 o’clock lectures all this year.”

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