One of the key skills that will be drummed into young royals from the earliest opportunity will be the importance of having good manners which will best prepare them for a lifetime of public service.
In doing this, it would seem Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have been taught a sweet habit that their late grandmother Diana, Princess of Wales, encouraged her own children to do.
One of Diana's best tools to prepare her sons was writing thank you notes to anyone that had helped them – and this is something that Prince William and Kate have passed down to their children.
Princess Diana is widely credited as being an excellent and attentive mother to Prince William and Prince Harry. She often took them to private charity visits and on normal days out as she wanted them to live without the restrictions of strict royal protocol.
Her biographer, Andrew Morton, said: “She took the young royals with her on her private charity visits from a young age… One of the reasons was she didn't want the boys to grow up thinking the whole world was 4×4 Range Rovers, shotguns and nannies.”
One of her best habits – and one that has been carried on by Prince William with his own children – was getting her sons to write thank you notes to anyone who helped them.
A source explained: “[William and Kate] have developed this brilliant knack of letting as much as they can seem spontaneous and that’s how the children see it. Table manners, thank you letters, little courtesies are being drilled into the children so they become automatic.”
Diana making her sons write thank you notes was vividly remembered by their former protection officer, Ken Wharfe. He previously explained that one time Prince Harry had wanted to take the London Underground as well as use the iconic red buses.
So that’s just what they did. The group hopped on the Tube at South Kensington tube station and got off at Piccadilly. They then took the 38 bus direct to Victoria station, and according to Wharfe, Prince Harry was far from well-behaved.
The bus driver was a Sikh man who would say each bus stop aloud before adding the sounds “parp, parp, ring, ring.” As the group prepared to get off the bus at Green Park, naughty Prince Harry turned around to the driver and shouted: “parp, parp, ring, ring.”
Wharfe explained that Diana was furious with her youngest son and had him apologise to the driver immediately, but by all accounts the driver found the incident hilarious, saying: “He loved it”.
The bodyguard added that the following day he found a thank you letter on his desk from Harry with the same "parp, parp, ring, ring" that had got him in trouble the day before.
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