After their parents’ very public separation, Prince William and Prince Harry began splitting their time between the royal estates that King Charles and Princess Diana called home.
And, according to royal reporter Katie Nicholl, Charles and Diana had very different parenting styles.
In her book “The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown,” which was released in October, Nicholl details what life was like for the two young princes following Charles and Diana’s split.
“By the mid-nineties, Charles and Camilla were conducting their love affairbehind closed doors, careful not to be photographed together,” Nicholl wrote. “The prince divided his time between St. James’s Palace and Highgrove, where he could be close to his mistress. Diana was based at Kensington Palace, while William and Harry bounced between all three households and school.”
When they stayed with their father, Harry and William “enjoyed country pursuits such as shooting and stalking” and their nanny allowed them to enjoy the “fresh air, an air rifle, and a horse,” Nicholl wrote.
But it remained a formal affair. Ken Wharfe, Diana’s former protection officer, told Nicholl that he always saw the boys in Turnbull & Asser suits.
“Charles wouldn’t allow them to wear jeans and trainers at breakfast,” Wharfe said. “He had an almost Victorian attitude to things like that.”
Life was very different at Kensington Palace, where Nicholl said the boys enjoyed fast food and fewer rules.
“With their mother, by contrast, they went to the cinema and to restaurants, grabbed the occasional burger at McDonald’s, played tennis, and had fun at theme parks,” she wrote.ORDER A COPY OF ROB’S NEW BEST SELLING BOOK! Called “America’s Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer. Rob ‘Naughty But Nice’ Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website NaughtyGossip.com where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. You can also catch him co-hosting and breaking celebrity news on Good Day New York, The Today Show, The Talk, Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra and Z100’s ‘Elvis Duran.’ Previously, Rob was the Huffington Post’s only celebrity columnist and the former executive editor of OK! Magazine. Rob has also hosted his own Saturday night talk show on Mark Cuban’s channel and his own daily morning show, ‘The Gossip Table,’ on VH1! Breaking some of the biggest entertainment stories, including Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy news, Britney’s first post-meltdown interview, Eva Longoria’s wedding, and baby exclusives for Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s tots, Rob always knows where to find the best scoop. Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi! Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way, that is always a pinch and never a punch!