Prince William: these Sunday coaching sessions with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II

Katie Nicholl, author of Kate: The Future Queen, confides in the closeness between Prince William and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. The generation gap would therefore not have got the better of the relationship between these parents. Since his boarding school at Eton in 1995, Prince William often took several hours of leave every Sunday. Although the prince told his comrades that he was just going to the bathroom, in reality he was going to visit his grandmother at Windsor Castle.

Discreet visits very quickly became a routine and a ritual contributing to forging the solid bond between the queen and the prince today. Moreover, the queen will also forge special ties with his wife, Kate Middleton, thereafter. “The queen plays a very special double role in William’s life”, confides Katie Nicholl before adding “She is his sovereign, but also a very loving grandmother who wants to prepare him for the future”.

“He started to embrace his destiny”

At the same time that Prince William did not want to remind his comrades that he was their future king, he was struggling to assume his birthright. A situation that particularly worried Queen Elizabeth. This is why she often invited him to lunch and tea with her and the Duke of Edinburgh every Sunday.

“Then he had a one-to-one moment with his grandmother to talk about whatever was on his mind. He could unload on her, but these sessions were also an opportunity for her to mentor and teach her, like her grandfather, George V, had done with her “continues Katie Nicholl. “They became incredibly close, and as his respect for her grew, he began to embrace her destiny,” she said.

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