What if Prince Charles was behind the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton? It’s no secret that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have loved each other for many years. The two met on the benches of St Andrews University in Scotland before becoming friends and then finally falling in love with each other. And if the beginning of their relationship was sometimes complicated, their romance held on and their marriage has today become a model for many. But everything could have been totally different without the intervention of Prince Charles. After only one semester of art history studies, Prince William has indeed threatened to quit university. According to royal author Robert Lacey the Duke “hadn’t anticipated how boring life in a small Scottish seaside town could be”.
When he returned to London for the holiday season in 2001, Prince William told his father he intended to quit his studies. “It would have been a personal disaster for William, he would have been considered a coward,” continued the Crown expert. The hypothesis of a departure of his son was therefore unthinkable for Prince Charles, who was able to find the words to convince him to take his illness patiently. “St Andrews had a flexible course structure and when they heard that William might be happier to major in geography, they made sure there were no obstacles,” recalled an intimate of the Crown. After having worked out a plan, the assistants of the royal family went to advise Prince Charles and suggested that he “demonstrate a more fatherly bones” with his eldest son, who was therefore going through a complicated period.
Prince William “intimidated”
So, during the Christmas holidays in 2001, that’s exactly what Charles did. On finding his son, the Prince of Wales had him summoned for a discussion with broken sticks. A very attentive dad, the Prince of Wales then took care to speak at length with his eldest son to reassure him and persuade him to return to this university. A fundamental conversation for Prince William but also for his love life. Without his father’s words indeed, the Duke of Cambridge might well have never met the mother of his three children, George, Charlotte and Louis. “I don’t think I was homesick, I was more intimidated, Prince William said a few years ago of this period. My father was very understanding and realized I was probably the same. problem him. We chatted a lot and in the end we both realized – I did realize – that I had to come back. ”
Princes Charles and William © AGENCE