Ruth Dudley Edwards: William learns from heartbreak of royal past
The British prince is all too aware of the importance of choosing the right consort, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards
THE most famous British royal consort came close to destroying the monarchy. The beautiful and charismatic Princess Diana was so emotionally needy that at times -- like an angry child -- she forgot everything except her hurts and a desire for vengeance for often imagined wrongs.
She loved her two boys fiercely, yet she was careless of the damage she did them in her public humiliation of their father and her undermining of the House of Windsor.
Prince William was only 15 when his mother was killed and the royals were subject to unprecedented hostility and excoriated around the globe because their natural public reserve made them seem uncaring. Millions indulged in hysterical outbursts of recreational grief. Walking behind his mother's coffin with his father, his grandfather and his 12-year-old brother Harry, William helped in beginning the slow process of mending the breach between throne and subjects.