Being a kid in school is tough enough. There seems to be endless teasing, competition on the playground, and trying not to get yelled at by your parents for getting random stains all over your clothes. And if you’re Prince William, there is an extra layer of roughness: finding out you’re the future King of England.
When he was in school, William had no idea he was “different” from his classmates, according to one royal author, who says the Prince didn’t know any better because he was brought up as a “normal” kid.
Like his younger brother, Harry, William’s mom and dad, Princess Diana and Prince Charles, tried to shelter him from most of the glitz, glam and endless media attention that comes with being a royal. But Will’s whole outlook on life changed with his schoolmates started treating him like an outsider.
According to Express.co.uk, author Andrew Morton explores this time of William’s life in his 2011 book “William and Catherine: Their Lives, Their Wedding,” writing:
“Before William attended school, he genuinely had no idea that he was any different from anyone else.
“His innocence of his position was soon ended by fellow pupils, who left him in no doubt who he was.
“On one occasion a classmate reportedly asked him: ‘Don’t you know the Queen?’
“William looked at him and replied: ‘Don’t you mean Granny?’”
According to Morton, Harry of all people was one of his brother’s antagonists. “When William said once that he would like to be a policeman and look after his mother, Harry told him emphatically: ‘You can’t, you have to be King.’”
Harry has gone on record recently saying that he and Meghan Markle will be giving their newborn, Archie, a chance at a normal life. And that begins with skipping the traditional title. Instead of Earl of Dumbarton, Archie will simply be known as Master.