A Rare Glimpse Of Prince William’s Charming Character – .

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A Rare Glimpse Of Prince William’s Charming Character – .


Show, don’t tell. This, I have always been taught, is the basis of successful writing.

Don’t club people with big statements, instead take them on a thoughtful journey of discovery that will hopefully lead you both to the same conclusion.

In fact, it’s a principle that can be applied to almost every aspect of life -om the world of work to parenthood.

It’s the difference between someone telling you they love you through unnecessary gestures and showing that they care through constant daily actions big and small.

It’s the difference between politicians who make promises they never keep and those who change policy.

In short, it is empty demagoguery against industrious authenticity. And, in my opinion, it is the ultimate test of a person’s character and maturity.

Prince William’s Time To Walk podcast is a perfect example.

Everything is there, from concept to the simplicity and sincerity of its execution – and the fact that Apple makes a six-figure donation to charity in its name – reinforces the Duke of Cambridge’s impression of someone who understands. the crucial difference between superficial feeling and meaningful action.

SARAH VINE: There is a wonderful intimacy in his words, a complete lack of princely reserve as he talks about his life with charming candor, from his experiences with the air ambulance service to his memories of being brought back. at school by her mother, singing at the top of their voices to Tina Turner. (Pictured: Prince William and Kate Middleton out for a walk last January)

Someone who understands that you can’t just expect respect from people, you deserve it.

By showing, without telling those around you (in his case, that includes the millions of British citizens who look to the monarchy for advice and inspiration) why you deserve your status in life.

And my boy, he succeeded. In just 38 minutes as we take a gentle stroll through the Norfolk countryside, we learn what so many royal watchers recently understood William to be true.

That he is a remarkably well-rounded human being, a man who embodies rather than wears the mantle of royalty, who has a keen understanding of the responsibilities and challenges of his role, who has a real and sincere connection with others.

Someone who recognizes their own weaknesses and strives to address them.

It is clear that things have not always been easy for him. We all know the trauma he shares with his brother, of losing his mother at such a young age with the eyes of the world on them.

Yet he is also painfully aware that, compared to the problems of so many others, his own struggles can seem marginal.

And it is precisely because of this self-knowledge that he inspires such empathy. He talks about his experiences of anxiety, the challenges of his situation with such self-effacing sincerity, such honesty, you can’t help but feel for him.

He does not ask for our sympathy; but he gets it anyway.

If William’s experiences turned him into a thoughtful and rather noble individual, poor Harry seems to have done the opposite, writes Sarah Vine.

And that’s largely because there is no trace of self-pity in what he says. No anger, no desire to whip or hurt. Just a calm, fortunately devoid of clichés or awakened words.

There is a wonderful intimacy in his words, a complete lack of princely reserve as he talks about his life with charming candor, from his experiences with the air ambulance service to his memories of being brought back to the school by her mother, singing at the top of their voices to Tina Turner.

Interestingly, as he talks about his family and children, the Duchess of Cambridge is never mentioned by name.

But it doesn’t have to be; her influence, the positive impact she has had on her life, is undeniable.

She’s there in the interstices between each syllable, his unspoken presence and constant support discreetly acknowledged at the end, when he says, “I feel like I took a walk with a best friend, or my wife.”

There’s a lot about this podcast, especially in the Prince’s memories of his mother and grandfather, and his time piloting helicopters, which feels a bit sad, a bit nostalgic.

But while these moments may seem bittersweet, it is never bitter. Which brings me, unfortunately, to his brother Harry.

Because while William’s experiences have shaped him into a thoughtful and rather noble individual, poor Harry seems to have done the opposite.

Where William is funny, self-deprecating, down-to-earth, a philosopher on the trials of life, Harry – as we have seen time and again over the past few months – is brooding, self-obsessed, awe-inspiring.

It is clear that things have not always been easy for him.  We all know the trauma he shares with his brother, of losing his mother at such a young age with the world's eyes on them.

It is clear that things have not always been easy for him. We all know the trauma he shares with his brother, of losing his mother at such a young age with the world’s eyes on them.

He is enraged by what he sees as the injustices suffered by members of his own family and a free press who, to his fury, have stubbornly refused to accept his new image as Prince of Woke and his wife, the Duchess. of Sussex, victim of a terrible injustice.

The contrast between Harry’s approach and William’s couldn’t be more stark. And this brief glimpse into William’s character gives us the clearest explanation yet of why the relationship between the two brothers has become so strained.

For someone as measured and thoughtful as William, his brother’s constant outbursts and apparent disregard for the feelings of someone other than his own must be confusing at best, infuriating at worst.

An endless catalog of complaints, a whiny, self-pitying tale in which everyone -om his father to palace officials – is responsible for his alleged woes.

The only time Harry seems to take a break from being absolutely furious with everyone is when he signals the virtue over his general holiness and that of Meghan through his famous ‘friends’.

SARAH VINE: Show, don't say.  This, I have always been taught, is the basis of successful writing.  In fact, it's a principle that can be applied to almost every aspect of life - from the world of work to parenthood ... Prince William's Time To Walk podcast is the perfect example.

SARAH VINE: Show, don’t say. This, I have always been taught, is the basis of successful writing. In fact, it’s a principle that can be applied to almost every aspect of life -om the world of work to parenthood… Prince William’s Time To Walk podcast is a perfect example.

A holiness that, strangely, never seems to be backed up by much concrete evidence – unless you plan to walk around New York City promoting Meghan’s book, or jump on private jets to deliver hypocritical homilies on the evils of change. climate.

On the principle of showing, not of saying, Prince Harry is saying everything. He tells us that he loves his grandmother; but his actions, surely, show the opposite.

Or why would he have been such a thorn in the side over the past year, robbing her of the chance to see her great-grandchildren, accusing the royals of being racist, sparking funeral drama of her 70-year-old husband?

Concretely, he did not show any of the characteristics – kindness, understanding, generosity – that he so loudly claims to possess, while demonstrating all of those – vindictive, anger, venality (beware, he is paid millions for his podcasts) – that he would have despised. I’m sorry for being so harsh, but it’s true.

Everyone has a trauma in their life at one time or another. The real test is how you let it shape you.

There is a lot about this podcast, especially in the Prince's memories of his mother and grandfather, and his time piloting helicopters, it seems a little sad, a little nostalgic

There is a lot about this podcast, especially in the Prince’s memories of his mother and grandfather, and his time piloting helicopters, it seems a little sad, a little nostalgic

That you allow him to become someone who rejects those close to him, who turns into a victim, who finds endless people to blame for his mistakes.

Or if you accept it, face it and move on by taking responsibility for your life without blaming others for everything.

Ultimately, if you are building something positive out of adversity.

This is what Guillaume did. It is not the easiest route, and it is certainly not the fastest.

And perhaps of the two brothers, he was the luckier in that he seems to have found in Kate a founding life partner, while Meghan appears to be pushing all of Harry’s buttons, twisting him off. more and more tight. Then again, it could be luck, it could be wisdom.

Either way, what this rare glimpse into the mind of a future king shows is that whatever obstacles he may encounter, he’s on the right track.

If only Harry could follow in his brother’s footsteps, maybe he could finally find some measure too.

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