Are Prince Harry and Prince William Really as Nice as They Seem?
Good news! Prince Harry and Prince William are every bit as nice in real life as they appear to be when they make public appearances or go on a royal tour. The bottom line: it’s not an act just for the cameras, as their former press secretary calls them “delightful.”
Miguel Head knows first-hand just how nice Prince William and Prince Harry are, having spent 10 years working for the British royal family, as the first press secretary to Prince William and Prince Harry before becoming Prince William’s private secretary in 2012. Part of his job duties included overseeing the prince’s engagement diary and going on some trips with him. It’s safe to say he knows a bit about the princes, having worked in this capacity.
The amazing way the princes handle the media attention
In an interview with the Harvard Gazette, Head discussed his time working for the royal family, touching upon the media scrutiny that the princes have had to deal with. Head noted, “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.”
He continued: “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.”
Head added that, since there would be so much interest in their lives, given their royal status, “the only way of coping with that would be to detach themselves from much of what is said about them.”
He found them ‘delightful’
Head was very happy to have this role with the princes, sharing, “I have to say, the job was very easy because the two princes were delightful to work for.”
He added: “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 also spoke to one of the reasons the royal family is held in such high regard, sharing, “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.”
The end of an era
As for why Head left his post with the royal family, he 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 shared: “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.”