Prince William and Prince Harry rarely grant interviews, but for the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, the two have suddenly turned into "chatty grandsons," says Maria Puente at USA Today. The young royals sat down with Katie Couric for the ABC News special "The Jubilee Queen," which aired Tuesday night to commemorate the monarch's 60th year on the throne, and proved that they can break free from their media shyness "with charm, humor, and a teensy bit of revelation." (Watch a clip below.) Here, four key takeaways:
1. They missed their mum on William's wedding day
Both princes discussed how painful it was not having their mother with them on William's wedding day last year. (Princess Diana died in a car crash in 1997.) "It was very difficult," William told Couric. "It was the one time since she's died where I've thought to myself it would be fantastic if she was here." He added that he felt Diana would have loved how the event turned out, and he regrets that she is "never going to get a chance to meet Kate." Harry also mentioned his regret that his mother wasn't there, but added hopefully, "I think she had the best seat in the house."
2. William plans on having royal children of his own
William fanned the flames of rumors that his wife is pregnant, says The Hollywood Gossip, telling Couric that he and Catherine are "very keen to have a family." Couric asked whether William intended to take another tour of duty with the Royal Air Force. Grinning, he said he'd love to, but "the pressures of my other life are building... More importantly, I'd like to have children." Pressed as to whether it would happen sooner rather than later, William blushed, "You won't get anything out of me. Tight-lipped."
3. Prince Harry is lonely
Apparently, royal playboy Prince Harry "wants more than brief, massively publicized trysts with hot lingerie models," says Amy Odell at BuzzFeed, telling Couric that he's ready to settle down. "I've longed for kids since I was very, very young. I'm just waiting to find the right person, someone who's willing to take the job."
4. In some ways, the queen is a typical grandmother
It must be unusual having a grandma who is also the most recognized monarch in the world, but William insisted that "behind closed doors, she's our grandmother, it's as simple as that." So could they, say, pop in for a cup of tea on a whim? "I'd like to think so," Harry grinned. Then again, William said, "As I learned from growing up, you don't mess with your grandmother."
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