Prince William claims he has ‘psychological power’ over Prince Harry

Last week, Prince William gave a particularly heart-wrenching statement to The Daily Mail. He wrote about the grief he still feels over his mother’s death when he was just 15 years old, and how her memory inspires him daily to be a better man and to follow in her charitable footsteps.

Prince William wrote the statement because he had just been appointed the Royal Patron to the Child Bereavement Charity. Many hoped (myself included) that the appointment would signal a new era for William (and hopefully Harry too), that they would begin, in earnest, to take on their royal and charitable duties with the inspiration and graciousness their mother had. It might be happening. Prince William gave an interview to CBBC’s Newsround Show, a show that seems to cater to the British tween set. In the interview he discussed his patronage of London’s Royal Marsden Hospital, in which his mother opened the children’s unit in 1993. People has more:

Prince William sees himself carrying on his mother’s legacy.

Less than a week since he movingly spoke about the emptiness he feels since Princess Diana’s death in 1997, he went on a U.K. children’s show to talk about how his patronage of London’s Royal Marsden Hospital is something that would make mom proud.

“For a very long time my mother was involved with the Royal Marsden, and she had a very close connection with them … So I wanted to follow in her footsteps, in that sense, and help,” he told CBBC’s Newsround Show for 6- to 12-year-old children.

Diana opened the current children’s unit in 1993 and the prince, 26, is lending his support to the building of a special Children’s and Teenage Cancer Centre.

“I’ve learned so much and met so many incredible people who have been unfortunate enough to, you know, have cancer – and most battle through it and have dealt with it in an incredibly inspirational way,” he said after spending time with 10-year-old Alice, a cancer patient at Royal Marsden.

William is currently undergoing training to be a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot. But, when he was a boy, he dreamed of being a cop.

“A long time ago I wanted to be a policeman, when I was younger,” he said. “I soon learned that probably wasn’t a good idea.” But his piloting is a success, he added on the show. “At the moment I’m still doing some sort of helicopter flying, doing search and rescue – It’s going very well.”

“My instructors would probably say, ‘Not so well,’ but I think it’s going not too badly. I haven’t managed to dent any of the aircraft [and] I haven’t flown into any trees yet.”

And there is clearly some sibling rivalry between him and younger brother Prince Harry, 24, who is also learning to fly at another base with the Army Air Corps.

When asked who would win an arm wrestle between the two brothers, he said, “You know the answer to that! It’s not even a contest. Obviously I’d win. As the bigger brother you have that psychological power over your brother, you see.”

With some light-hearted mischievousness, William put the young interviewer at ease when he responded to what he would do if he were invisible. “I’d probably get myself in a lot of trouble,” he said. “I’d probably go into the newspaper office, and I’d hide in the background and listen to all the stories they talk about me.”

From People Magazine

That’s weird, I thought Prince Harry was the one who wanted to be a cop, not William. But maybe I’m remembering it wrong. But all in all, a really cute interview. I think all of the questions came from “the young interviewer”, probably a kid who’s not even a teenager. It really seems like William and Harry inherited one of their mother’s best qualities – an easy comfort with children, and an ability to talk to children without condescending to them.

As for whether Prince William really has “psychological power” over his younger brother, I’m not so sure. William is probably smarter (tough, right?), and Will has an easier time with the press. But I bet Harry is stronger. That’s the power of ginger hotness.

Prince Harry and Prince William are shown with Prince Charles and Camilla on 2/24/09 at the unveiling of a new statue of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on the Mall in London. They are also shown signing the official book of condolence for the victims of the Australian wildfires at the Australian High Commission. Credit:

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  1. Gracie says:

    I think Michael K. over at DListed has first dibs on Harry’s ginger hotness.

  2. eternalcanadian says:

    lol, i remember when william was the bigger and hotter of the two brothers. now harry has really come into his own and if i’m not mistaken from those pictures he’s now taller and bigger than william. psychological powers, eheheh? try hot male power. :P

  3. gg says:

    Harry’s now the hot one. Will unfortunately went from PHWOAR! to huh? in the space of about a year.

  4. Shelly Shellz says:

    I still think William is the hotter one of the 2. Harry strikes me as…not so hot.

  5. nanster says:

    William is, unfortunately, looking a lot more like his daddy these days – he used to be WAY hotter and he isn’t aging well at all. I do think Harry is developing some “ginger hotness” of his own – maybe as his looks mature, he’ll come into his own. I do hope both of these young men carry on the charitable traditions of their mother. They both seem like good people and likable like their mother.

  6. Erin says:

    it’s classic big brother v little brother. my fiance and his younger brother used to do those sorts of things all the time, and although the younger brother is at least 4 inches taller and outweighs him by probably 50 lbs, the little brother never wins.

  7. Abby says:

    it’s interesting how their appearances have evolved. i used to think, poor harry… william is older, more articulate, looks just like his beautiful mother… and he’s a freckled redhead second son.

    but now! william is balding at the age of… 25ish? and suddenly looking a lot like his horse-faced father. now harry is hot, funny, clever and without the pressure of “i will be king of england one day.”

  8. melissa says:

    anyone else here agree that Harry is NOT prince Charles son? come on, he doesnt look at all like his dad-and Diana had an affair with that red headed guy (cant remember his name) around the time she became pregnant with Harry..

    I know the royal family HAS to know this-but they are keeping it under wraps..

    anyone? i cant be the only person to seriously think this..

  9. courtney says:

    graice, you are totally right.

  10. Ducky says:

    @ Melissa – nope, you’re not the only one. I’ve always thought that. James Hewitt, I think his name was.

  11. Emily says:

    Melissa- I’ve always wondered that too. William is clearly Charles’s son, there is no denying the resemblance. But Harry (who I think is hotter!) doesn’t look like his brother or father at all. I knew Diana allegedly had an affair with someone around the time she became pregnant with Harry and always wondered if the other dude was his dad. Well we’ll never know without a paternity test and I don’t think the royal family will ever go through with that.

  12. Orangejulius says:

    Too bad. Harry does bear a resemblence to Diana’s brother, though, so it’s hard to tell…

  13. Pete says:

    Harry is Charles’ son. Diana didn’t meet James until Harry was a toddler and Harry has Charles close set eyes. Oh, and that ginger hair is a Spencer trait. Just compare Harry and his uncle, Charles Spencer.

  14. Maritza says:

    William is cute but it’s a pity he is losing his hair so young. Harry is very attractive and is more on the wild side it seems.

  15. gg says:

    I’ve heard that line and I still don’t buy it 100%. If you read Diana’s personal interviews, she was in a very bad situation and craved affection she wasn’t getting from Charles. It could have easily happened.

  16. LilyBme says:

    there is unbreakable bond between brothers but within this bond…there is an order but not a rank….only ones bro understands.

  17. Minnie says:

    i love ginger harry he is hot but willie is sooo sexy I love him

  18. curegirl0421 says:

    OMG Nice bald spot, Wills! ;) Harry has definitely become the hotter one.

    Although, it must be said, I’m old enough that it still feels a bit pervy to consider either one “hot”… I remember when they were BORN!!

  19. ann says:

    prince william has had children in secret to women from sydney onebeing roberto de souzas sister from revesby originally he’s half brazilian,and half german he use to live in revesby the secret services of prince william have tried to hush and quiten it from the public and they dont even know the real prince william,he’s a father to many women he hides it from the public!

  20. Prince Williams wedding will be a bank holiday. About time for a major event.