Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Philip 'Takes Edward's Side' against William in TV Row

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Philip 'Takes Edward's Side' against William in TV Row

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Byline: RICHARD ALLEN

SENIOR members of the royal family have accused Prince William of overreacting to being followed at university by a camera crew working for his uncle Prince Edward. Prince Philip and others have tried to shift blame on to the 19-year-old for complaining to his father, according to Palace sources.

A highly-placed courtier said: "The view at the top of the family is that the criticism of Edward was unfair and they blame William for overreacting."

Edward and his wife Sophie are said to enjoy the complete support of both the Queen and Prince Philip.

Another senior courtier said Philip's view is William is "overprotected" by Prince Charles and his staff and has been given special treatment. The courtier said: "He seems to be taking the view, 'Why should William have a quiet life when the rest of us don't?'" Edward was reprimanded by Prince Charles and only reluctantly apologised after the crew from his company Ardent were repeatedly caught snooping on William at St Andrews University three weeks ago. The student prince has said he will quit university if he is not allowed to complete his course free from media intrusion.

A source at St James's Palace told today's Daily Mail that Philip seemed to be suggesting William's feelings should not be taken too seriously - echoing the alleged treatment of his late mother whose wishes were reportedly often ignored by the rest of the family.

And a senior aide said: "The truth is that agreements we have reached with the media have made a huge difference to the lives of both William and Harry.

Is he really suggesting that we go back to those days when the Princess of Wales was persecuted by cameras?"

Pressure is mounting on Edward to give up his failing business in the light of claims he has used his position to promote his company, but yesterday he instructed Buckingham Palace to deny reports that he and PR consultant Sophie, had agreed to give up work. …

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