Ken Wharfe: Prince William ‘often played second fiddle’ to ‘popular’ Harry

Ken Wharfe was a royal protection officer back in the days of “the war of the Wales.” He was especially close to Princess Diana, and he spent years protecting her, Harry and William. He retired from protection services long ago and he’s now a writer. Some times, he’ll chime in on the comings and goings of the Windsors, and he’s definitely profited from his association with Diana. That being said, he’s not really a regular royal commentator. I suspect that he would love that work – it’s an easy gig – but he has no poker face and he tends to tell the truth about the Windsors.

Back in 2015, Wharfe said that Prince William “was always a sly little boy, and now he’s become arrogant and spoilt. I hear from people who work for William that he can be very difficult.” Again, that was 2015. Wharfe also said, in the same breath, “I liked Harry better and I feel sorry for him because he was never really able to engage in his military career. But I think he’s the answer to the family’s longevity, and I bet if there was a vote on who should accede to the throne; the people would go for Harry.” Wharfe has also said repeatedly that the Windsors need to downsize and that they’re becoming increasingly irrelevant. So… that’s why Wharfe isn’t quoted all that often in the British press. He tells the truth. Speaking of:

Prince William always played “second fiddle” to his brother because Harry was “very popular”, Princess Diana’s former bodyguard has claimed. In an interview with OK! Magazine, Ken Wharfe, who was Princess Diana’s protection officer between 1988 and 1993, recollected memories from when William and Harry where boys.

He said the Duke of Cambridge, 38, who is second-in-line to the throne, was “better than Harry at certain things”, but the Duke of Sussex was a “natural listener and a fun person”.

Harry, 36 and who now lives in the US with his wife Meghan Markle and their two-year-old son Archie and newborn daughter Lilibet, wasn’t “embarrassed or shy”.

William, however, was “more reserved” and due to his character, rather than because he knew he could one day be king, the author of Guarding Diana said.

“William was helpful to his little brother to an extent, but if he saw him getting more attention, he didn’t like it,” Mr Wharfe said. “I think William often played second fiddle to his brother, simply because Harry was very popular and that was very difficult for him.”

[From The Daily Mirror]

It makes me think about how much of our character is already formed even in childhood. William was sly, jealous and lacking in Harry’s natural charisma. So instead of developing his own interests and personality, William seethed throughout his life, watching his younger brother win people over just be being himself. The now-adult brothers were always heading towards what eventually unfolded: Harry marries someone with an equal amount of charisma and they are hailed as the bright young things, the saviors of the monarchy, a new, bold era. And jealous William couldn’t have that. He couldn’t play second fiddle to his younger brother yet again.

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