By Robyn Morris
Prince William told his mother, Princess Diana, that he hated the idea of being King as a child.
- From an early age, the Duke of Cambridge knew he was going to be King.
- He told Diana he had no desire to take on the role - but his brother, Prince Harry, said he would step up.
- This follows royal news that William and his wife Kate will be following in Diana's footsteps after the coronavirus pandemic.
What did Prince William say about becoming King?
Broadcaster Jeremy Paxman revealed how William told his mother, the late Diana, that he didn't want to become King.
He said, "We talked about our children, and [Princess Diana] said William often told her that he didn’t really want to be king, and then Harry would say, ‘If you don’t want the job I’ll have it.'"
But as he's got older, the Duke of Cambridge has taken the role in his stride.
Recently, the couple have stepped up their roles during the coronavirus crisis and have continued to carry out their royal engagements via video calls.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family earlier this year.
They moved to Canada in a bid to give their son, Archie, a more normal life away from the pressures of the public eye.
But they later moved to LA, where Meghan grew up.
Kate and William are thought to be planning to follow in Diana's footsteps once the COVID-19 crisis has passed.
The royal duo are reportedly planning to mark a new time in which we adopt a new normal by adopting Princess Diana’s famous approach to the AIDS virus.
The compassionate royal mother-of-two, who was married to Prince William and Prince Harry’s father Prince Charles between 1981 and 1996, is known for shunning the stigma surrounding AIDS in the 1980s by shaking hands with those with the illness.
“HIV does not make people dangerous to know. You can shake their hands and give them a hug. Heaven knows they need it,” she said at the time.
Robyn is a celebrity and entertainment journalist and editor with over eight years experience in the industry. As well as contributing regular to woman&home, she also often writes for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman's Weekly and The Sun.
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