William now has more of the public gaze upon him than ever before following his brother Prince Harry’s shock announcement in January that he would be stepping down as a senior royal.
As the second-in-line to the throne after his father Prince Charles, William has had the great responsibility of knowing he would one day reign his entire life. He has often sought out normality as a result, and has regularly drawn up walls between his private life and the public.
In the BBC Radio 4’s 2011 profile of the royal journalist Chris Bowlby pointed out how William’s early interviews provided “a sense of an adult trying to establish how normal and independent he could really be”.
The podcast included a clip of William, where he confessed: “I really do want to be in control of my own life.
“And if I don’t agree with what someone’s saying or someone’s pushing on me then I won’t do it.
“I’m always open for people saying that I’m royal, because most of the time I am, but I hate to lose control.”