Royal family: tragic life of Queen’s cousin who died in horrific plane crash and Prince William bears the name
Nowadays he is nicknamed “The Other Prince William”, but who was he and why was his life so tragically cut short?
Throughout history, many members of the royal family have died in special ways, whether it was King John dying after eating too many peaches or King George I dying on the toilet, there have been some weird ones. paths to go.
At the same time, several deaths of relatives of the Queen have been tragic, from Richard the Lionheart dying in his mother’s arms after being shot in the shoulder with a crossbow to King Edward V and his brother – better known as Prince’s in the Tower – locked up by their uncle and allegedly murdered.
But perhaps there is no sadder death than that of the Queen’s cousin in 1972.
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On December 18, 1941, Prince William Henry Andrew Frederick was born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Alice, Duchess of Gloucester.
Through his father he was the grandson of King George V and Queen Mary, nephew of King George VI and first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret. At the time of his birth he was fourth on the throne.
William was the older brother of Prince Richard (current Duke of Gloucester) and acted as a page boy at his cousin, Princess Elizabeth’s wedding to Philip Mountbatten on November 20, 1947.
He was educated at Wellesley Prep School, Eton College, Magdalene College, Cambridge and spent an additional post-baccalaureate year at Stanford University in California studying political science, American history and business.
In 1965, the royal began working for the Commonwealth Office. He worked in Lagos as the third secretary of the British High Commission. In 1968, the Prince was transferred to Tokyo, Japan, as Second Secretary of the British Embassy.
He is said to have enjoyed his life, free from royal duties and strict protocol. He even met the woman he intended to marry – Zsuzsi Starkloff – if she had been deemed appropriate in royal circles.
Starkloff was not suitable for a royal bride as she was a twice divorced Jewish and Hungarian mother of two young children. It is even believed that her cousin, Princess Margaret, was sent to Japan to encourage her to think about her duties in the relationship.
All long-term plans fell apart for William and Starkloff in 1970, when his father, the Duke of Gloucester, began to suffer from numerous strokes. He had to return to the UK to manage his father’s estate and take on the duties of a full-time working royal.
In 1972, Prince William – who was a qualified pilot and owned several planes himself – competed in the Goodyear International Air Trophy. His mother was sitting in the stands watching her son compete.
Shortly after takeoff, he lost control of the aircraft at low altitude, causing the wing to strike a tree and ignite. His body was identified the next day from dental records.
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He was considered a daredevil prince. He enjoyed several dangerous hobbies, such as flying, ballooning, and hiking in the Sahara Desert.
At the time of his death, he was only 30 years old and ninth on the throne. His tragic death made him the first grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary to die. He is buried at the Royal Burial Ground in Windsor.
The prince was also revealed to be a carrier of a condition called porphyria. His diagnosis was particularly interesting as porphyria is known to be common among the royal family.
King George III suffered from this disorder during his nervous breakdown and his urine is said to have turned a deep reddish purple. The other royals to have it were King James I, Princess Charlotte of Wales and Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Princess Victoria.
Prince William was greatly admired by his family, as well as by his first cousin, Prince Charles. When he first became a father in 1982, Prince Charles named his first son in honor of his memory.
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