Prince William and Harry: Omid Scobie discusses relationship
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are reportedly set to up sticks and move to Windsor with their three children Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte. Royal historian Dr Ed Owens said the move represents an “opportunity” for the couple to elevate their public image. Dr Owens claimed William and Kate, who split their time between Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall in Norfolk, could still embrace the country life they love while also coming “into the orbit of the Queen”.
Royal expert Angela Levin predicted the move could come as early as this week or alternatively around Christmas time.
The Cambridges spend regular weekends and summer school holidays at Anmer Hall, on the Sandringham Estate, around a three hour drive from London. The 10-bedroom retreat was gifted to the couple by the Queen after their wedding in 2011.
It offers the privacy away from paparazzi that William craves, while their touted new residence at Windsor Castle can offer the same tranquility, given its sprawling grounds.
William wasn’t always one to shy away from attention, however.
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Ms Levin is author of ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’. She explained the fight Princess Diana and Prince Charles had over the school their sons would attend.
Charles wanted the boys to begin their education at home with a governess, something he and Diana had both done, while she wanted their schooldays to be “as normal as possible”.
In the end, the People’s Princess came out on top after she researched appropriate schools within a five-mile radius of Kensington Palace and handed prospectuses to her husband for him to read.
They decided on the £300-a-week Jane Mynors’ Nursery School in Notting Hill, West London.
William, a high-spirited child, settled in wonderfully, but earned himself a bit of a reputation and the nickname Basher.
Ms Levin said: “His natural exuberance and confidence helped him settle in wonderfully.
“He was given the nickname ‘Basher’ and once threatened a classmate he obviously didn’t like with the words: ‘I will send my knights to kill you when I am king.’
“Despite this, both parents approved of the way the school dealt with William’s high spirits, and believed it was providing a good grounding for the future.”
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William and Kate have sent all three of their children to nursery school, so Diana’s determination seemingly paid off.
Ms Levin continued: “It was an easy decision to let Harry follow in his big brother’s footsteps. The school had put in extra security precautions when William joined two years previously.
“This included special locks on the door, so there was little more to be done for his brother.”
Diana ensured she was a very hands-on mother, and drove her sons to and from school whenever possible.
She meticulously noted school holidays, sports days and nativity plays in her diary, making sure royal duties would not clash with her motherly ones.
William and Harry both later attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire, before being admitted to Eton once they passed the entrance exams.
The move went against royal tradition of sending to Gordonstoun, located on the Moray Coast of Northern Scotland.
Instead, William and Harry followed in the footsteps of the Spencer family, as Diana’s father and brother were Old Etonians.
William studied for A Levels in Geography, Biology and History of Art, where he achieved A, C and B grades respectively.
He was a keen sportsman and took up water polo and captained his house football team.
Harry, meanwhile, achieved a B in art and D in geography, having dropped history of art after AS level.
He was also a keen sportsman, labelled a “top tier athlete” by the BBC, and played polo and rugby union competitively.
Angela Levin’s book, ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’, was published in 2018 by John Blake. It is available to buy here.
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