Prince William Current Events 1: December 2002-December 2003
17 DECEMBER 2002
Prince Harry and his brother William are distraught after the death of their friend Henry van Straubenzee in a car crash. The 18-year-old was travelling as a passenger in the car when it hit a tree outside Ludgrove School in Wokingham, Berkshire.
Harry and Henry had been classmates at the school and a spokesman for St James's Palace said that both Harry and his brother were "very, very upset."
"They (the van Straubenzees) are well-known in royal circles," said one source close to the family. "The families have been friends for years."
Henry, who was working as a junior master at Ludgrove, intended to spend some time teaching English in Uganda before going to college at Newcastle University. He is survived by parents Alexander and Claire and his two brothers, Thomas, 20, and Charlie, 14. "He had a fantastic sense of humour," said his father. "That was his biggest attribute. Everyone will miss that."
The 19-year-old driver of the car is still in hospital in critical condition. Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident, though no other vehicle is thought to have been involved.
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Prince Harry is mourning the loss of his friend Henry van Straubenzee, whose family have been close to the royals for years
Woman accused of mailing poison to Sen. Kennedy and preparing tainted package for Prince William found innocent by reason of insanity
Thu Dec 19, 8:13 AM ET
GREAT FALLS, Montana - A woman accused of mailing cyanide-laced soda bottles to Sen. Edward Kennedy was found innocent by reason of insanity.
Tashala Hayman, 22, will be sent to a federal psychiatric hospital until she is deemed no longer a threat to herself or to others, U.S. Attorney Bill Mercer said Wednesday.
Authorities said Hayman, of Vaughn, mailed a package containing two bottles to the Massachusetts Democrat on Aug. 1, and prepared another package with a tainted soda bottle to send to Britain's Prince William in Scotland.
The package to Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, was found in the Capitol mail system. Tests found cyanide in the bottles, in quantities exceeding levels needed to kill someone, according to court documents.
Hayman was arrested Aug. 8 after police said she bought a pistol with a stolen debit card number. Police said they found the package to Prince William and printouts of Sen. Hillary Clinton (news - web sites)'s address in her mobile home.
Mercer said earlier it was unclear why she targeted Kennedy, Prince William or Clinton, a New York Democrat. Her attorney, Tony Gallagher, said Wednesday he could not address that issue.
During a bench trial Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon found that Hayman was "legally insane" when the offenses occurred, suffering from symptoms of schizophrenia.
The Year in Ideas; Smart Mobs
December 15, 2002, Sunday
By Clive Thompson
(The New York Times Archive)
Prince William can't keep the women away. At the University of St. Andrews, where he's a student, he'll try to sneak out for a quiet drink, informing no one of his plan. But suddenly, out of nowhere, a mob of 100 crazed young women will appear, clamoring for his attention. No matter how secretly William tries to move around, a gang always masses within minutes. How do they do it?
William and Harry: We'll buy Diana love letters from Hewitt
by LOUISA PRITCHARD, Mail on Sunday
12th January 2003
Royal Princes William and Harry want to buy the 64 love letters their mother sent to James Hewitt - to end the agony of watching him trying to auction them off to the highest bidder.
They could cost £10million - but The MailonSundayhaslearnedthatWilliam has said there is 'no price not worth paying'.
Former Army officer Hewitt, 44, has exploited his relationship with Princess Diana since the end of their five-year affair in 1991 and Diana's children have been left with a deep hatred for him.
Now it emerges that Prince William is determined to make sure Hewitt can no longer trade on the memory of his mother.
Insiders say the 20-year-old Royal wants to engineer a way of securing the letters, which disclose intimate details of Diana's relationship with Hewitt.
The process will involve Royal solicitors, who will have to decide whether the money should come from William's private fortune of around £22 million --which includes £6.5 million from his mother's estate.
During an appearance last week on the American television chat show Larry King Live, Hewitt claimed the letters deserved a wider circulation because they were 'important historical documents'.
He indicated that he would be prepared to accept an offer of £10 million for them. Following the interview, William expressed the view that he would rather pay for the letters than have his mother's most secret thoughts laid open to the public.
The collection of handwritten notes include alleged references to a part of Hewitt's body - which Diana calls 'my friend' - and his dalliances with other women.
They were written between 1989 and 1991 - many while Hewitt was commanding a tank squadron in the Gulf War - and cover the period of the couple's five-year affair during which they were closest.
Asked by interviewer Larry King if he thought William and Harry would be embarrassed by the letters, Hewitt said: 'The letters are extremely well-written and nothing to be ashamed of.'
But the Princes are deeply concerned about any public airing of their mother's intimate thoughts. While Hewitt is in possession of the letters, the copyright on their content is held by the executors of Diana's estate, namely her mother, Frances Shand Kydd, sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and the Bishop of London. None want the letters published.
However, no copyright action can be taken if the letters are bought by a private collector and put on show in a museum. Hewitt had promised in a 1999 deal with the Spencer family's lawyers that the letters would be stored in a safe place, never sold and destroyed when he died.
Yet his efforts to market the letters during his television appearance indicate that these were empty promises. Hewitt's about-turn is partly due to his dire financial circumstances. He is on the verge of bankruptcy, with Customs and Excise pursuing him for tens of thousands of pounds in unpaid VAT.
The former Cavalry officer, who received a £40,000 pay-off from the Army, faces a bankruptcy hearing in London's High Court on January 23. Princes William and Harry have a combined fortune of around £ 47million, but neither can access the money until they are 25.
However, in special circumstances, it is understood they could take a loan against their personal wealth if the trustees of their respective trust funds - which include Prince Charles and Lady Sarah - agree.
According to senior Royal sources, Hewitt's cynical 'hard sell' of the Diana letters could be enough to warrant such an extreme move. The British Museum has already indicated it would be interested in taking the love letters but they would have to be donated by a wealthy benefactor. It said it would bar access to anyone other than Diana's sons for an agreed period.
In December, Hewitt was trapped trying to sell the letters for £10 million to an undercover News of the World reporter posing as a middleman for a Swiss tycoon. He tried to use the alleged intimate sexual content to push up the price. However, his appearance on American television indicates he is no longer interested in brokering secret deals.
His plans have horrified even his own family. Hewitt's twin sister Caroline told friends earlier this week that she is 'appalled' he has put the love letters up for sale.
Last night Michael Coleman, the solicitor acting for Hewitt, said: 'If William or Harry, or anyone representing them, wishes to make contact with me I've got no objection whatsoever in discussing a possible acquisition by them. I would be happy to negotiate with them.'
He refused to discuss whether other offers had been made for the love letters.
A little bit on William from HELLO! Magazine....
Boisterous and at times rebellious as a child, Prince William has matured into a studious and sensitive young man. Born on June 21, 1982, Prince William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor is the eldest son of Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, Prince of Wales. From an early age he was already breaking with tradition. The fact that his mother gave birth in London's St Mary's Hospital made him the first crown prince not to be born at the palace and, unlike his father and paternal grandmother, who had private tutors, he attended nursery school.
In 1995, after spells at Wetherby prep school in Kensington and Ludgrove, he became the first future monarch to attend Eton College, one of Britain's most prestigious secondary schools. There he excelled at sports - particularly swimming - and settled down to become a serious student.
His parents divorced in 1996, and the following year he showed great strength in coping with the devastating news of his mother's death in a car crash in Paris. With immense courage he insisted on walking behind Princess Diana's hearse in the funeral procession. A year later, William issued a joint statement with his younger brother, Prince Harry, asking both press and public to let the two of them get on with their lives in peace. It was a tactic which proved largely successful, and the Prince voiced his appreciation at the tenth anniversary of the Press Complaints Commission in February 2001, his first official engagement.
After graduating from Eton with 12 GCSEs and three A-levels, William decided to study art history at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Adopting a modern approach to the monarchy, he has asked to be registered at the university simply as 'William Wales'. Before embarking upon his studies in the autumn of 2001, William opted to take a gap year in order to travel, including a ten-week stint doing community work in Chile, and 15 weeks studying conservation in Africa.
The Prince spends a good deal of time at Windsor Castle with the Queen, who is very concerned with his upbringing and career development. Although on the whole he appears not to relish the limelight, the handsome William has acquired worldwide status as a heart-throb, something vividly demonstrated during a 1998 visit to Canada when he was mobbed by hordes of teenage girls. His extraordinary appeal lies not just in his good looks, however. He is also a well-mannered, responsible and mature young man who shows a strong sense of duty to the royal family, and an acute awareness of his role as the future King.
__________________ It's clever, but is it art? ~Rudyard Kipling
Hey! I think that Prince William is a reallly great guy. One great site that I have gone to to find information on him is http://theinternetforum.co.uk/william/ A lot of the info is a little bit outdated... but there is some very interesting stuff. Good luck finding stuff on him. If you find any really great sites, let me know. :P
17 MARCH 2003
Prince William is set to follow in his father's footsteps by pursuing a career in the military. Army sources have revealed that the young Prince intends to join the Welsh Guards when he finishes his university studies at St Andrews.
The 20-year-old has apparently contacted Guards officers to tell them he wishes to join them after he has completed a year's training at Sandhurst military academy.
He already has some knowledge of the regiment, as he spent three months with them in Belize during his gap year. And his family also has a long-running relationship with the Welsh Guards, of which his father Prince Charles is Colonel.
William's younger brother Harry has also voiced interest in taking the military path in life. It is thought that he may follow his brother into the Welsh Guards once he finishes his A-levels at Eton.
I found this article online and thought that in light of the recent discussions about Michael Fawcett and the accusation stating that Her Majesty thinks that Charles' behavior is taking the monarchy into the gutter that I would post this article here.
Don't hold back. Tell us what you really think!
March 17, 2003
Disgraced royal aide to organise Prince's 21st
By Andrew Pierce
THE Prince of Wales has risked arousing strong controversy over the role of Michael Fawcett, who resigned last week from St James’s Palace, by awarding him the contract for Prince William’s 21st birthday party, which will be attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
The presence of other senior members of the Royal Family at the social event, which is to be held at Windsor Castle in June, will be a huge publicity coup for Mr Fawcett’s new events management company. The Prince of Wales has brushed aside any criticism and is insisting that Mr Fawcett, who had already begun planning for the event, be allowed to finish the job.
Last week The Times reported that Prince William feared that if Mr Fawcett left St James’s Palace over his central role in the sale of royal gifts for personal gain, he would sell his memoirs for bids reputed to be in the region of £2 million. St James’s Palace announced Mr Fawcett’s enforced resignation on Thursday, only minutes after the publication of the report by Sir Michael Peat, the Prince of Wales’s Private Secretary, into the collapse of the Paul Burrell trial.
A senior royal source said: “Michael’s already started preparatory work for the party. The work is ongoing. He is in charge. It’s what he does best.”
Other guests on the list include the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the exiled King Constantine of Greece. Young Royals such as Zara and Peter Phillips will also attend the party, which will generate worldwide publicity and help to establish Mr Fawcett’s company as the leader in its field.
While there may be potential for embarrassment, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will definitely attend. The source added: “The Royal Family regard 21, not 18, as the official coming of age.”
The Times has learnt that the Prince of Wales was “appalled” when he read the 100-page report by Sir Michael, which was more critical than had been predicted. The Prince reluctantly agreed to its publication without any amendment.
The source said: “The point has been made that if he was a Cabinet minister he would have faced calls for his resignation, but what Cabinet minister would even agree to a report like this being written, let alone to publishing it? I don’t think he has been given enough credit for what he has done and agreeing to act on all its recommendations.”
The report was heavily critical of the Prince for financially benefiting from the sale of official and private gifts, and for not having in place any system of registering the receipt or disposal of the gifts. Any gifts the Prince receives in the future will be regarded as presents for the Queen, who will have the final say on their disposal.
More than £50,000 is to be spent on upgrading storage facilities at St James’s Palace and Highgrove to ensure that there is no repetition of gifts being ruined by damp.
Mr Fawcett leaves the employment of St James’s Palace at the end of the month to set up his company, as yet unnamed, in London. The Prince had guaranteed an undisclosed amount of work for Mr Fawcett.
"The point has been made that if he was a Cabinet minister he would have faced calls for his resignation, but what Cabinet minister would even agree to a report like this being written, let alone to publishing it? "
The point is that it appears Prince Charles lets anyone and everyone push him around. Why did he have to allow a report like this to be written about him? He isn't acting in his own best interests. Who is making his decisions for him and what is motivating them?
Or maybe Charles himself really doesn't want to become King?
Hi everybody, my name is Diana Mandolyn and i live in the U.S , This is my first post on this board. Last night prince william had a biography on A&E and i onlycaught the last 15 mins or so of it i was wondering if anyone saw it?
I saw the biography and Prince William came across as so pure 18, or that age thereabouts, during his trip to Chile which impressed me the most about him. He was treated the same and had the same duties as the other students in this project. He spent time at the local schools playing with the younger children and he seemed to delight in that -- getting down to there level, with lots of games and giggling, and carrying children on his shoulders.
It also showed pictures of him next to an old wood cook stove waiting for breakfast -- looking like he got up way to early, but being a good sport nevertheless. Other pictures showed him cleaning a bathroom including the toilet -- on his knees with a sponge and a bucket of water. He still looked like a good sport about it. Gosh, the abuse some royal children have to endure. :o
i havent seen this biography sniffffffffff
is there anyone who has recorded it??? thx!!
i think it's great that william was treated as everybody else and not as a royal person! thus he became a "normal" guy! :P
May 1 — Prince William turns 21 this summer, and not everyone is celebrating. A royal furor has erupted because the heir to the throne is refusing to have a public ceremony to commemorate his coming of age.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE would like the future king to have a major public ceremony, along the lines of the massive party thrown for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebration last year, but William apparently feels that his birthday should be a private affair and is reportedly worried that it will be “hijacked” for publicity purposes.
The prince instead wants a private party with friends with rocker Pink performing. That has not set well with some royal supporters.
“Prince William is shortly to be 21 and therefore, or so goes the presumption, a man,” notes the London Express. “Which makes it all the more grotesque that he is approaching the event with yet more of the petulant, footstamping tantrums better suited to the spoilt brat of a child that he clearly cannot bear to leave behind.”
“It’s churlish behaviour for a young man whose entire life appears to be a celebration,” the London Mirror scolded. “His education is paid for, there’ll always be a roof over his head, he can drive the most expensive cars, ride horses, ski, sail and travel the world. The only debt he owes is to the public. And at 21, it’s time he started paying up.”
Some royals, however, are said to be supportive of the prince’s desire to shun the spotlight including, reportedly, his father, Prince Charles.
According to some sources, Charles was worried that a summer concert for William could upstage his own annual charity concert in Hyde Park on behalf of the Prince’s Trust.