In recent years, we have all become quite accustomed to the idea that William and Kate are in line to eventually take the reins and become king and queen (it may not be for many decades, of course). The two maintain an air of regality and stateliness in all of their appearances, and generally—while still coming off as fairly low-key, for royals—seem to be taking their position quite seriously. By all accounts, at least in terms of their public personas, they would appear to be very well suited for this life. Harry, meanwhile, without the pressure of being directly in line for the throne, has seemed to very much do his thing, taking months-long trips, carousing as he pleases—and, of course, enjoying great popularity.
Ken Wharfe worked as a security-team member for the royal family for more than 15 years, starting in 1986, which means he spent a lot of time with Diana, Charles, William, and Harry (he initially worked as a bodyguard for Harry and William before shifting to work primarily for Diana). And he is sharing his insights and observations (MUST READ) with us all, in the Daily Mail this week (the outlet notes that Wharfe is “not a man to mince his words”).
Perhaps most notable from his commentary—and there is certainly much to parse—is that Harry, at a young age, was the “favorite” among the staff at the palace. Wharfe noted that Harry was more like Diana than William was. “William tended to be sly, whereas Harry was much more open,” he recounted. “You knew exactly where you stood with him.” It will be no surprise that the Cinnamon Prince used to, per Whafe, show up as his door “bored,” asking if he could “play with one of [his] walkie-talkies.” William, on the other hand, Wharfe called a “slightly difficult child,” putting it somewhat harshly: “You know how in a group of children there’s often the odd one who doesn’t quite fit the bill? William was one of those. That wasn’t to say he was bad. He was just not like his brother.” Wharfe continued, “Everybody liked Harry because he was funny. William wasn’t. That was his character and, of course, he knew exactly who he was.”
Considering this take on the royal brothers, it will not be a surprise that Wharfe believes Harry would “make a remarkable king,” lamenting, “but sadly that isn’t going to happen.” He also mused that William “needs to get rid of his bad attitude toward the media,” as he believes the media has “only been very supportive of him and his family.”
Wharfe said there was “never a dull day” working for Diana, and that she was “great fun,” calling her “engaging, funny,” and characterized by a “wicked sense of humor.” He said that Charles “did not know how to deal with her popularity,” when they were married, as he would, according to Wharfe, make comments like, “They’ll only be interested in you,” when Diana would ask if he wanted her to join him for events. He said, in his mind, the Queen is the one person who could have “saved” Diana in her marriage. “Diana genuinely loved [the Queen]. If the Queen had said, ‘I understand where you’re coming from. My son can be difficult’— because that was the sort of conversation they had on a regular basis — ‘but you can’t get rid of your security’, Diana would have bought that, and we wouldn’t be sitting here now.”
We can only imagine the texts William and Harry are exchanging today: “Uh, remember Ken the Bodyguard?” “Yeah, why?” “Go to the Daily Mail” “Ugh nooo, REALLY?!?”