The quiet prince
Being second-in-line to the British throne behind his father, Prince Charles, must be a daunting task for Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. But like his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William approaches his role with grace and composure, and for that, he’s achieved great popularity among the people. A recent British poll found 70 percent of the public have a positive opinion of him, ranking him third among royals after his brother, Prince Harry, and Queen Elizabeth – however, his mother, Princess Diana thought Harry would make a better king than William. What’s behind Prince William’s reserved and somewhat serious manner? Find out some little-known facts and insider info about the beloved Prince.
He was the first future king to be born in a hospital
From nearly the moment of his birth, Prince William began setting the stage for the next generation of modern monarchs. His mother, Princess Diana, forever changed how royal women give birth. Prince William became the first future heir to the throne to be born in a hospital, the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London. This kicked off a new tradition, with Prince Harry and all three children of Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, born in the Lindo Wing. A photo opp of the new babies and their parents on the steps of the hospital has also become a tradition. (Prince Harry and wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, eschewed this tradition with new baby Archie.)
He’s a TV and movie buff
Prince William is a huge fan of movies, which makes sense since he’s been president of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) since 2010. At the recent BAFTA Awards, he met actress Olivia Coleman, who portrayed Prince William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, in Season 3 of Netflix’s The Crown. We bet he’ll check it out, since the Duke and Duchess also love to snuggle up with acclaimed television shows including Homeland and Game of Thrones, as he told BBC Radio 1. (To complete the mental picture of a night on the couch with Prince William, he also said at home he wears “comfy clothes” and likes to order curry takeaway.)