The Princes of England
by findingDulcinea Staff
One is heir to the throne, and both are heirs to their mother's legacy of philanthropy. Prince Harry and Prince William, the sons of Charles, Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, are celebrities as much as they are royalty.
Some may view them as mere magazine fodder, appearing in the glossies on both sides of the pond with no greater status than movie stars. But Princes William and Harry have more interesting lives than the media reports. Now young adults, the sons of Prince Charles and Princess Diana are formidable citizens who have active roles in the military, in charitable organizations, and in the public lives of British citizens. The royal family is very important to many Britons, even if its role is primarily symbolic, and the princes have risen to the occasion by staying immune to the scrutiny of the paparazzi while promoting their individual interests and global ambitions.
Second in line to the throne, the eldest son, William, attended the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland and has since volunteered in third-world countries and participated in formal military ceremonies.
Prince Harry is traditionally seen as more candid than his elder brother, but he hasn’t exactly earned the “bad boy” image the British press has tried to bestow upon him. His most infamous caper was wearing a Nazi costume to a Halloween party.
Harry, for his part, graduated from the British military academy Sandhurst as an officer in 2006. The BBC discusses his future as a troop commander in charge of 11 other men and four tanks. Harry was set to lead this troop on the front lines in Iraq earlier this year.
In the run-up to the 10-year anniversary of Diana’s death the princes were interviewed by the Today Show’s Matt Lauer. The men discussed their thoughts on America, the philosophy behind the Concert for Diana, and life without their mother. You can watch three videos of this interview on the Today Show’s page on MSNBC.