Prince William begged ‘emotional’ Diana to leave England after paparazzi hell

Prince William begged an emotional Princess Diana to leave England after she was constantly hounded by the paparazzi.

According to The Sun’s long-serving royal photographer Arthur Edwards, the then-young royal pleaded with his mother to move to a different country.

Princess Di and her two sons were on a trip to the south of France along with her boyfriend at the time Dodi Fayed – son of billionaire former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

The trip – which proved to be Diana’s final holiday with her boys – was extremely stressful, with photographers following their every move.

In the 2007 documentary, Diana: Last Days of a Princess, Mr Edwards said Diana had decided enough was enough.

He recalled: “Suddenly, she strode down some steps and very rapidly got into a boat. I remember picking up the camera and she said, ‘No pictures’.

“It looked like she wanted to speak to us. She came over and said, ‘Why are you here?’”

They replied: “Because you are here ma’am.”

The princess then answered back: “William’s told me that I should leave England and go and live somewhere else.”

Mr Edwards recalled becoming a little stressed by Diana’s outburst, saying: “I thought, ‘I don’t want to be the reason why she’s going to live in exile.’”

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He added that Diana was “tearful” and “obviously upset about something”.

William has been very clear about his desire to “learn from the mistakes of the past” with his wife Kate Middleton.

Royal author Katie Nicholl wrote in her book, Kate: The Future Queen, that William grew concerned about Kate being constantly photographed while trying to go about her daily life in the early days of their relationship.

She wrote: “[William] had seen firsthand how his mother had been harassed by the paparazzi and was determined that Kate not be subjected to the same treatment.”

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William went one step further and reportedly invoked EU law on privacy on Kate’s behalf.

Former editor of The Sun Kelvin MacKenzie told the Channel 5 documentary, The Tabloids and the Royals, that seeing his mother pursued by photographers left a “scar” on William.

He said: “He wants to protect [Kate] so he effectively invokes the law, there’s a European Court of Human Rights law saying everybody has a right to privacy.”

The Daily Star has approached the Duke of Cambridge for comment.

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