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Prince William at ‘loggerheads’ with ‘exasperated’ Prince Charles over future.

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The Prince of Wales, Charles was exasperated with his first born, Prince William over his desire to backpack on his gap year, according to a royal author.


The Duke of Cambridge, William and the Duke of Sussex, Harry are now happily settled into married life with Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle respectively.

They seem to be going from strength to strength within the royal family as they take on more senior responsibilities. Their mother, Diana famously wanted her boys as normal a childhood as possible. However,  the young royals have sometimes come up against the limitations of royal life.

Katie Nicholl, in her 2010 book, ‘William and Harry’ revealed William’s desire for freedom on his gap year in 2000.

She wrote: “Not for the first time, the two were at loggerheads. Prince Charles sighed in exasperation and noted how determined and extremely stubborn his elder son, William could be. To the Duke of Cambridge, William;s anger, his father, the Prince of Wales, Charles had vetoed the suggestion”.

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“‘It’s not fair’, Prince William complained. ‘Everyone else is allowed to go backpacking, then why can’t I’?. However, Prince Charles determined that the gap year trip had to be vocational, educational and safe”.

And so, things changed a bit.

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Eventually it was decided that the Duke of Cambridge, William would join the Welsh Guards on exercise in Belize. It was the toughest expedition of his life, before completing all his work experience in the United Kingdom. He also travelled to Kenya, the Indian Ocean island of Rodriguez, and volunteered in Patagonia, South America.

After all of this was over, he would then go on to enter the University of St Andrews in the year 2001. That is the place where he met the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, in their freshers week at the university, who is now is beloved wife.

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