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Prince William's secret childhood holiday to America revealed

The royal went to Montana during the summer of 1992

Hanna Fillingham

Prince William is notoriously private and while much of his life is in the public eye, the royal has managed to keep a lot of his personal life out of the spotlight. Such was the case back in 1992, when a then ten-year-old William went away on a secret holiday to Montana, USA, to stay on a farm all summer. William went away with his bodyguards after Princess Diana arranged for him to go and stay at the E Bar L ranch near Missoula to get away from all the media attention that was surrounding her marriage with Prince Charles around that time.

Prince William went away to America in 1992

Paul Beban – a then 21-year-old who was staying on the farm when William arrived – opened up about the experience in April 2011 to ABC News. Paul was working on the farm, and recalled how just a few days before William arrived, the ranch staff had been called together for a meeting to learn that they would be having a special guest come to stay with them. They were told that while William was coming for privacy, he was also there to ride, fish, make friends and enjoy the natural beauty of the place – just like all the other guests.

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Princess Diana was determined that her sons experienced normal life

Paul revealed that while William was shy at the beginning, he soon came out of his shell and had a wonderful time. Not surprisingly, the future King was excellent at horse riding, and also enjoyed dancing, singing and making friends with the other guests. He was also referred to his nickname Will by the others. Amazingly, William brought some royal traditions to the ranch too, with him and his bodyguards arranging a cricket match for everyone to talk part in, as well as serving up tea and cucumber sandwiches. Paul revealed that while the ranch didn't normally have cucumber, someone went out on a 50-mile journey to buy some.

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William is now giving his children a childhood like he had

It's unsurprising that William went to the ranch on Diana's request, nor that he was just a "regular ten-year-old boy." The late Princess was adamant that her sons would have as normal an upbringing as possible, and introduced them to life outside of the palace walls, notably taking them for a day out at Thorpe Park where they queued up just like the rest of the visitors. William has since ensured that his own children have the same down-to-earth upbringing that he had.

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