Prince William and his younger brother Prince Harry were left devastated when their parents separated in 1992. According to a new tell-all book, the children’s grandmother was the one who helped the eldest cope during that time.
This month, Robert Lacey released his British Royal tell-all book titled: “Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult.” The author is a biographer, a royal insider, and a historian.
In the book, Lacey addressed various topics pertaining to Prince William and Prince Harry’s upbringing, their trials, growing up close, and so much more. One of the other topics which were tackled in the book is the boy’s parent’s separation in 1992.
Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry at The "Thorpe Park" Amusement Park on April 13, 1993 | Photo: Julian Parker/UK Press/Getty Images
In 1981, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, William, now-38, and Harry’s parents, got married in a ceremony fit for royals. However, the couple shocked the world when they separated nine years later.
In 1996, the royal couple finally went their separate ways when their divorce was finalized. The following year, Diana tragically died at the age of 36 after being involved in a car crash in Paris, France.
Before having to deal with Diana’s death, William struggled with his parent’s separation, according to the book. Three years after his parent’s split, Queen Elizabeth II, the boys’ grandmother became concerned as Lacey noted:
“The Queen was worried about William’s state of mind.”
Charles, Prince of Wales getting married to his wife, Princess Diana on the altar of St Paul's Cathedral on July 29, 1981 | Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Being old enough to understand what was happening at the time, it seems William was quite distraught. Lacey shared in his book what the boy’s grandmother was really worried about stating:
“The Queen actually feared that the boy might be heading for some sort of breakdown.”
Choosing to take control of the situation, the monarch reached out to one of her advisors. Her efforts came at a time when the People’s Princess appeared to be struggling mentally, in her own personal capacity, and in other ways.
Last Thursday, October 15, 2020, the Queen had her first public royal appearance alongside William.
The Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, also picked up on his grandson’s state. His suggested solution was for his wife to get involved by getting closer to William who was more than just her grandson, but the future heir to the crown.
Queen Elizabeth handled the matter by hosting routine Sunday lunches with her grandson. These get-togethers are said to be the balm that the schoolboy needed to turn into a strong young man.
William and his grandmother bonded from that moment on and she gave him purpose and a moral compass, according to Lacey. While attending Eton College, the monarch’s grandson was then not afraid of forging his own path.
With regard to Diana’s death, William was only 15, and Harry was 12 when it happened. In July 2017, the siblings had an HBO documentary, “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy,” go live to pay tribute to their late mother.
The documentary was used by the pair to be able to open up about what it was like to lose their mother at such a young age. The project came after the siblings had refused to discuss their mother’s death for years.
This year, the Queen has been staying out of the public eye due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease. She has been in self-quarantine with her husband since the beginning of the outbreak in March 2020.
Last Thursday, October 15, 2020, she had her first public royal appearance alongside William. The pair visited the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory and also went to Salisbury to tour the Energetics Enclosure.