Ask almost anyone who has met the Wales boy what they think, and you’ll get the same answer: They’re great men, raised by two parents who – despite their own tumultuous relationship – were able to instill in them a sense of compassion, kindness and social responsibility.
Princes William and Harry prefer their private lives to remain just that, a difficult task given who they are. And while they might not always love the press attention, there are some stories that make them even more endearing to the public.
Take, for instance, Australian polo player Alec White‘s account. He and his two cousins, Jasper and Will have become friendly with William and Harry, having recently played together at the 2014 Audi Polo Challenge.
“I didn’t expect them to be the same as anyone else,” Alec told the Daily Mail Australia of his first meeting with William and Harry (who, by the way, introduce themselves “casually” as “Will and Harry,” according to Alec). “My mouth was open most of the time. I was really nervous and I didn’t know what to ask them at first!
“They’re great guys, so down to earth,” he added. “They remember everyone’s names and ask questions to get to know you properly.”
In the days of yore, William was as footloose and fancy-free as his younger brother, following up a match with a proper after-party. Alas, times have changed and William has a standing bath date to keep.
“Will had to go home to Kate and George, but Harry was very keen to hang around for drinks at the function afterwards,” Alec said of their last match.
“Harry makes fun of Will by telling him that he’s whipped!”
As for their playing style, well, Alec didn’t necessarily hold back.
‘I would say Harry’s a bit more fierce. Will played well but Harry was definitely better,” (you’ll pay for that, Alec).
“Harry gets right in there and is pretty fearless when he plays, just like his personality. They say they love polo but can’t play as much as they’d like. They’re very sporty.
‘Will said that he loved his time in Australia but was so flat out. He said he wishes he’d had more time to relax and take it in,” Alex said. “He also spoke about George about how much he’s loving his Dad role.”