Prince William’s painful Diana memories ‘sparked fierce desire to protect Kate’

Prince William was determined to protect his wife from media harassment after being haunted by memories of his own mum's trauma, a royal expert has claimed.

Katie Nicholl, author of 'Kate: The Future Queen', writes of how the future King soon became concerned about his then-girlfriend's privacy after news broke of their courtship back in 2003.

Paparazzi started following Kate Middleton while she was still a student, providing a painful reminder of how Princess Diana was hounded by photographers throughout her 20s and 30s.

William made up his mind early on that history would not be repeated, Ms Nicholl writes.

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"He had seen firsthand how his mother had been harassed by the paparazzi and was determined that Kate not be subjected to the same treatment," she said, reports

The Prince reportedly requested that the Palace set up a direct phone line for Kate to Paddy Harverson, Prince Charles ' press officer.

This would allow her instant communication with a media expert, helping her to navigate the pitfalls of the intense public scrutiny that came with marrying into the Royal Family.

Ms Nicholl writes that a senior press officer told her: "We had been introduced to Kate early on, and we were instructed from the outset to give her every support possible.

"She was obviously the subject of a lot of press interest and intrusion from the paparazzi.

"William said we had a duty of care to her and her family and so we advised her on how to deal with the cameras."

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The source added: "We told her to smile at the photographers so that there would be a better picture.

"She was given advice on how to manage the media, and we were there to support her if there was a crisis."

Ms Nicholl's book also claims William insisted on panic buttons being set up in Kate's apartment for her safety.

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This week another revelation about Kate's private phone lines came to light.

Royal author Duncan Larcombe claimed Kate has "her own direct line to speak to the Queen" so that she can call Her Majesty for advice and to give updates on her great-grandchildren.

"She always leans on [the Queen] for advice," he told OK! magazine.

"Kate strikes that balance between bowing to her as head of the Royal Family in public but being able to check in with her as the great-grandmother to her children."

Mr Larcombe also claimed Kate was the one who taught the Queen how to make a video call so she could stay in touch with the rest of the family throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

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