Princes on tour: why Harry’s path is a far cry from William’s

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Princes on tour: why Harry’s path is a far cry from William’s

Recent overseas trips have highlighted their differing approaches to public emotion and Diana’s legacy

Patrick Jephson

Two princes, two continents, two very different touring styles ... and countless opinions on whether Team Cambridge or Team Sussex covered themselves (and the UK) in the greater glory. Perhaps honours are even – which would be nice. Even then, there’s no concealing the growing gap in how William and Harry interpret their duty to represent the queen on such high-level diplomatic missions.

Inevitably, there has been an unseen extra member of both squads. Diana, Princess of Wales has been brought into play not just by the media (for whom sentimental parallels and great pictures are always difficult to resist), but by the princes themselves.

Diana’s sons and their wives have literally and figuratively followed in her footsteps; even William’s encounter with bad flying weather in Pakistan was foreshadowed by his mother’s experience in 1991, when her Queen’s Flight aircraft was grounded by a violent thunderstorm...

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