LONDON – Britain’s Prince William said in an interview ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday that he had been told-off many times by his grandmother.
The second-in-line to the throne revealed that the earliest ticking off he could recall was at the Royal Family’s Scottish holiday home, Balmoral, when he was fooling around on a quad bike and nearly injured his cousin Zara Phillips.
The prince also rejected criticism that he doesn’t put enough time into royal duties in interviews ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.
Dismissing the moniker of “work-shy William,” the second-in-line to the throne says he’s balancing his royal duties with those of a husband, father and air ambulance pilot.
William says when the queen is ready to hand over tasks, he’ll be the “first person to accept them.”
William tells the BBC he’s “going to get plenty of criticism over my lifetime, and it’s something that I don’t completely ignore, but it’s not something I take completely to heart.”
In another interview with Sky News, he offers tribute to the queen and credits her with helping him through the loss of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
On the eve of her 90th birthday Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth II visited a Royal Mail delivery office near her Berkshire castle, marking 500 years of the postal service
The queen, who was accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, was given a tour of the office.
As she left the postal depot, which was renamed in her honor, the crowd joined in with two choirs to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to the monarch.