celebrity headlines

Judy Wade: The Prince William I know

Monday, June 18, 2012
Judy Wade: The Prince William I know
Royal reporter Judy Wade.
Royal reporter Judy Wade.
"I’ll never forget the day he pressed a panic button on the wall at Balmoral Castle and had police rushing there from all over Scotland! I remember when he first started school. One of Diana’s staff later told me he used to ask her, 'Why are there men with cameras outside every day?'"
Topics:
In The Mag

As the Duke of Cambridge turns 30 this week, royal biographer Judy Wade reflects on a life with the young prince.

The day Prince William was born will stay forever in my memory. On June 21, 1982, along with some other reporters, I was standing outside St Mary’s Hospital in London, waiting for news about the birth of a new heir to the throne. Princess Diana had been rushed into the private Lindo Wing of the hospital early that morning, and it was well after 8pm that the proud new father emerged.

Prince Charles was ecstatic. He told me his son had "sort of blondish hair and blue eyes". When I asked how he felt about being a dad, he simply replied, "I'm over the moon." When he returned the next day to take Diana and their son home, all I could see was a tiny face wrapped up in a lacy white shawl. But from then on I saw quite a lot of little Willie Wales.

Nine months later, his parents took him on a tour of Australia and New Zealand. I watched as they arrived at Alice Springs Airport, and we laughed when a fly landed on the baby’s head. "Oh look, his first fly," said a grinning Charles. As a toddler, Prince William’s mischievous antics kept us, the media, busy for several years. He once tried to flush his father’s Gucci loafers down the loo and wrecked the Queen Mother’s tea party by pulling off a tablecloth complete with cups, saucers and a teapot.

I’ll never forget the day he pressed a panic button on the wall at Balmoral Castle and had police rushing there from all over Scotland! I remember when he first started school. One of Diana’s staff later told me he used to ask her, “Why are there men with cameras outside every day?” Not wanting him to know he was special, his mother replied, "They’re just there to see my new dress."

Read more from Judy Wade in this week's Woman’s Day on sale Monday June 18, 2012.




Related video: Prince William discusses desire to start family.

Rate this Poor x x x x x Great
Current user rating by 1 users: x x x x x
comments powered by Disqus

VIDEOS

PHOTOS

ARTICLES

Today's top 5

Natalie Barr breaks down as Katrina Dawson named woman killed in Sydney siege The Sydney siege tragedy proved too much for Sunrise host Natalie Barr who broke down on air while learning of the female hostage killed in the horrific ordeal. Woman arrested in relation to murder of eight children in Cairns A woman has been arrested in relation to the stabbing murder of eight children in Cairns. The Queen catches public transport home for Christmas Queen Elizabeth has travelled like a regular Joe and made her annual pilgrimage home to Sandringham on the train. Princess Charlene gives first interview since giving birth to twins Princess Charlene of Monaco has given her first interview since becoming a mother to newborn twins, heirs to the Monaco crown, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella. Shiloh Jolie-Pitt looks just like a young Angelina! They say like mother, like daughter and there's no denying that Shiloh Jolie-Pitt is one dapper little girl!

HOT TOPICS

in the mag(1995)/ celebrity(1083)/ royals(248)/ food coach(143)/ expert recipe tips(140)/ true life story(137)/ expert pet advice(135)/ prince william(121)/ entertainment(106)/ national treasures(100)/