A royal child’s first day at school is always incredibly memorable, especially when they do something ridiculously cute or funny. Just ask Prince William.
Back in 1987, the little prince arrived for his first day at Wetherby School in Notting Hill, West London, and let’s just say we remember it for more than one reason.
As his own children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – all return to the classroom to begin a new school year, let’s take a look back at Prince William’s own first day over 33 years ago.
Prince William was first educated at the Jane Mynors’ Nursery School in West London from 1985 to 1987 and made his first appearance wearing a smart stripy top and red shorts.
From Mrs Mynors’ nursery, the Duke of Cambridge went on to study at Wetherby School.
The Wales family’s former bodyguard, Ken Wharfe, was in the car as Diana, Princess of Wales, dropped Prince William off.
Mr Wharfe explained to Yahoo’s Royal Box : “Diana said to him in the car, ‘when you get to school there are going to be lots of media and lots of photographers, you’ve got to behave yourself. You’re going to get this for the rest of your life’.”
As wise as his mother’s words were, it seems it all went over the then four-year-old’s head.
Mr Wharfe recalled how boisterous Prince William made a rather cheeky remark to the waiting media as he got out of the car.
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He said: “William turned around and said something which was extraordinary. He said: ‘I don’t like ‘tographers’.”
As he stood on the steps of the school with his mother and his teacher, he gave a brief smirk and comical wave before showing himself into the school.
Once he left Wetherby School at the age of eight, he began studying at Ludgrove School in Berkshire. By 1995, the future king was enrolled at Eton College where he stayed until 2000.
He then spent his gap year in Chile before joining St Andrew’s University in 2001.
It would appear that a dislike of photographers has passed through the generations as his daughter Princess Charlotte, six, showed her sassy side after Prince Louis’s christening – and Prince William couldn’t contain his amusement.
Walking hand in hand with her father and clutching an order of service in the other, the little princess stared at the press and was heard saying “You’re not coming”, without breaking eye contact.
This is not the first royal revelation Mr Wharfe has offered about his days working for Prince Charles, Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry.
Mr Wharfe, a former member of the Met Police’s Royal Protection Group SO14, said Harry used to come to him dressed in military fatigues and ask for missions.
He explained how he lent the young royal a two-way radio and set him a task. But it would seem Harry took Mr Wharfe’s mission quite literally – as any young daredevil would.
The prince took it upon himself to escape from Kensington Palace to Kensington High Street on his own without telling anyone.
He then used the radio to call Mr Wharfe to inform him “mission accomplished.”
Mr Wharfe said his feet “didn’t touch the ground” as he rushed to find the mischievous young royal after realising where he was.
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