Harry and William's Press Secretary For 10 Years Reveals What They Are Like In Real Life
Princes William and Harry have been in front of cameras for a very long time, and in the past couple of years, they have taken many official responsibilities and are seen more often than ever. They have each started their own families and couldn’t be nicer to the people who greet them at important events. However, some people wonder if it’s just an act. Could it be? Let’s find out!
THE BRITISH PRINCES
Prince William married Kate Middleton in a fairy tale-wedding in 2011, and they have three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Meanwhile, the adored younger child of the late Princess Diana, Prince Harry, recently married former American actress, Meghan Markle, and just welcomed their first baby, Archie Harrison, to the world.
The past few years have been filled with many blessings for the royal family and their avid fans, who hoped to see them happy. Pregnancies and weddings are always joyous occasions, but William and Harry are continuously spotted smiling to the public and the cameras. Some people say that it’s because they have to be that way in public, but others disagree.
In fact, it seems that the young men are not just nice, they are “delightful”. A former press secretary for the royal family, Miguel Head, has recently stated that he has witnessed how kind both William and Harry are to everyone. Head spent ten years working for the British nobles and started as their first press secretary.
He was later named Prince William’s private secretary in 2012 and tasked to oversee Prince William’s schedule as well as to travel with him. Therefore, he can be considered a reliable source of information, especially in this matter. Not many other people can say that they worked closely and directly for the royal family.
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Today marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth - a family of 53 countries working together to promote democracy, protect human rights, regenerate the environment, and focus not on what makes us different - but rather what we have in ‘common.’ What unites us versus what divides us. Representing nearly one third of the world’s population, 60% of whom are under the age of 30, the Commonwealth also serves as a champion for youth empowerment, which is a key focus of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Her Majesty The Queen serves as patron of the @queens_commonwealth_trust, which Their Royal Highnesses proudly serve as President and Vice-President of. The Duke is also Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. Through The Duke and Duchess’ Commonwealth travels, they have worked with and supported young leaders on mobilizing youth engagement, and working towards a more unified future that spearheads progress, sustainability, optimism, and taking action. With that said, Mozambique, a member state of the Commonwealth, is currently enduring Cyclone Kenneth, the most destructive natural disaster the northern coast has ever experienced. On the heels of Cyclone Idai (where over 1000 people lost their lives) this cyclone will leave the people of Mozambique victim to catastrophic flooding, food insecurity, displacement, and obliteration of their homes and villages. If you’d like to help, please visit DEC.org.uk Photo credit: Chris Jackson & Samir Hussein
THE PRINCES AND THE MEDIA
In an interview with the Harvard Gazette, the former press secretary talked about his time working for the aristocrats, and he also focused on the topic of how the young princes handle the interest of the media. He commented,
“The royal family is one of the most well-known institutions in the world and the two young princes always have been very popular and well-regarded and sources of great interest and intrigue over the years.”
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Today, The Duke of Sussex visited Oxford to highlight the positive work being done in the city for young children, disabled people and the community at large. The Duke started his day meeting young patients at the Oxford Children’s Hospital. In 2016 at the @WellChild Awards, The Duke promised awardee Mikayla Beames he would visit her at hospital. Today, HRH was able to fulfill that promise and spend time with Mikayla and other patients and their families, along with the some of the extraordinary staff and teachers in the Hospital School who are on hand to support the young patients as they continue their studies whilst in hospital. Afterwards, The Duke of Sussex, in celebration of its 30th year, re-opened the OXSRAD Disability Sports and Leisure Centre, a facility first opened by his mother, Diana Princess of Wales in 1989. His Royal Highness felt honoured to pay tribute to her work and meet some of the people his mother met 30 years ago. This centre supports people with disabilities through sport and physical exercise – an area The Duke is particularly passionate about. HRH has seen the transformative effect sports, teamwork and exercise can have on people, not just physically but also for their mental fitness. The Duke’s final stop was at Barton Neighbourhood Centre to see the work of Thrive Teams, an initiative that supports at risk youth with access to education and employment. The Barton Centre includes a cafe, doctor’s office, sports hall, local police centre and food bank. The team there save nearly one tonne of food per day from being wasted and whip up some incredible meals for those that can’t afford to sustain themselves. Serving as a hub for this close-knit community, where 1 in 4 grow up in child poverty, this centre truly is a lifeline for its roughly 5,000 residents, but also an example of what can be achieved when we all come together.
“I suppose the way that we dealt with it was really directed by them. They had a very healthy attitude to a lot of what was written about them, which is that they largely just completely ignored it. So, our rule of thumb was we only commented reactively on stories if the stories were judged, in our view, to have a detrimental reputational impact.”
Celebrities and other famous people have to deal with the public’s regard all the time, and it can be grueling. However, there is something about the royal family that craves even more attention. It might be due to the fact that they were the first celebrities in history, and that their actions and fate directly affected the people.
But, that is not the case nowadays. Regardless of what happens with any member of the noble family, the world will keep going, even the United Kingdom. The Queen is extremely important, but she does not make political decisions as the royal family has to maintain neutrality in these matters. Once she is gone, a new monarch will be named, and life will continue.
People are still interested in them, though. Everything they do is either cause for speculation or celebration, such as the birth of Prince Harry’s first child. Therefore, Miguel said that the princes have to deal with their status, and that “the only way of coping with that would be to detach themselves from much of what is said about them.” Prince Harry is extremely down-to-earth thanks to his mother.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
THE PRESS SECRETARY THINKS THEY ARE LOVELY
It is clear from Head’s comments that he was very happy with his job, and shared, “I have to say, the job was very easy because the two princes were delightful to work for.” He also said,
“They are the same in private as they are in public, very popular, and they have a genuineness about them, a compassion about them which people relate to and respond to. Very seldomly did we ever felt like we were fighting a rear guard.”
Head was also asked why the royal family is viewed with such interest nowadays and added some great insights about the princes' weddings, where Prince Harry even honored his mother.
“That the two young princes married people who they quite obviously chose themselves — there was no pressure for them to marry who they married — and had the types of weddings that they had, and have conducted their public lives and private lives in the way that they have, feels very in the grain of society at large.”
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After serving in the @BritishArmy for ten years, The Duke of Sussex has committed himself to promoting the welfare of members of the Armed Forces and veterans. The Duke knows the lasting effects military service can have, as soldiers recover from PTS after battle or struggle to get back into the normalities of civilian life. Through his work with servicemen and women, The Duke has also seen how families benefit from extra support when their loved ones are away and adjusting to life back home. He met many soldiers and their families at the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch in London today. This is an annual event which raises money for @soldierscharity to support those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Duke’s work with wounded servicemen and women has included creating @weareinvictusgames, volunteering with the Army's Personnel Recovery Unit in London, trekking with wounded servicemen and women to the South Pole and in the Arctic and supporting a number of adventure challenges through his Endeavour Fund. The Duchess of Sussex was unfortunately unable to attend today, but has joined her husband in supporting the troops at the Invictus Games, Endeavour Fund and with the TILS Fund, as an extension of her previous work in this space. By participating in events like today’s, The Duke hopes that servicemen and women are recognised for their unique skill set and abilities, and that we all work together to ensure that they and their families have the support they need and deserve during and after service.
A LOT OF WORK
People who love their jobs would never quit unless something drastic happened, and Head was naturally asked why he decided to leave. However, before anyone gets ahead of themselves, the former press secretary just said that it was too much pressure, but it must be awesome to work at Buckingham Palace. Miguel explained,
“If you’re working for the royal family in the kind of work that I was doing, you feel like you’re on call 24/7. That’s the nature of the work. It is also one of the reasons why the royal family has a very strong tradition, which is if you’re in a senior position, you don’t do more than 10 years.”
He also continued with,
“It’s partly because it’s such an intense role that after that period of time, you’ve probably lost your perspective and you’re not so useful to them. It’s harder to say no and it’s harder to challenge and it’s harder to give different perspectives on what’s going on because it’s a bubble and after 10 years, you are firmly part of that bubble. So, after 10 years you leave, which is why I left.”
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The Duke of Sussex awards Michael McHugo, the Founder of Education for All, with his #MBE – during a special investiture in Morocco. Michael was awarded the honour in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list for services to improving gender quality in education in Morocco. The programme he set up gives girls from rural communities the ability to stay in dormitories near the school and complete their secondary education. The Duke and Duchess began their visit to Morocco yesterday - watch the story on @KensingtonRoyal.
It must be hard for the Royals to hire trustworthy staff, but it’s better to have people who can provide new ideas and more. Let us know what you think about Head’s comments on Harry and William. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who dreamed of marrying one of them. See you next time!