NBC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: EXCERPTS OF THE FIRST U.S. TELEVISION INTERVIEW WITH PRINCE WILLIAM AND PRINCE HARRY OF WALES TALKING EXCLUSIVELY WITH MATT LAUER
Interview to air Monday, June 18, on NBC News’ "TODAY" and "Dateline NBC." Watch a Web-exclusive preview of the interview beginning Friday, June 15, on TODAYshow.com.
NEW YORK – June 12, 2007
In their first-ever American television interview, Prince William and Prince Harry of Wales joined NBC News' Matt Lauer for an exclusive interview airing Monday, June 18 on "Today" (7-10 AM ET) and "Dateline NBC" (10-11 PM ET). Lauer talked with the two Princes last month at their London residence, Clarence House, in this wide-ranging interview.
This August marks the tenth anniversary of the tragic death of their mother, Princess Diana. In her honor Prince William and Prince Harry have organized a concert to be held in London on her July 1st birthday. The Princes talked with Lauer about why they decided to honor their mother in this fashion, how they will memorialize her on this anniversary, and the paths their lives have taken since her untimely death.
Among the topics discussed with the Princes are their thoughts on trying to lead a normal life — what they remember of their mother and her challenge to do so, their feelings about the public's fascination with them, and how this affects all aspects of their personal lives.
Additionally, the Princes discuss their opinions of America, the fact that they have an image here, what they would do if they were not royalty, and what their childhood nicknames were.
Following are some excerpts from the interview; if used media outlet must source NBC News and include programming information:
RE: THEIR ATTEMPTS TO LEAD A NORMAL LIFE:
LAUER: Your mom used to say that one of her main concerns for you two was that you live as normal lives as possible.
PRINCE WILLIAM: Um-hm
PRINCE HARRY: Um-hm
LAUER: So ten years later do you think she would be happy or saddened by the state of normalcy?
PRINCE HARRY: I think she'd be happy in the way that we're going about it but slightly unhappy about the way the other people were going about it as in saying, "Look you're-- you're not normal so stop tryin' to be normal," which is very much what we get a lot. You know it's like stop tryin' to be normal. You-- You-- You've got certain responsibilities. Which obviously we do, and we know we have certain responsibilities. But within our-- within our private life and within certain other parts of our life we wanna be as normal as possible. And yes it's hard -- cause to a certain respect we never will be normal.
RE. IT BEING THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR MOTHER'S DEATH
LAUER: As I was leaving the States telling people I was gonna come talk to you-- as you're about to mark the tenth anniversary of your mom's death I can't tell you how many people said, "Wow has it been ten years?" That it seems like two years or it seems like three years. How has the time gone by for you two?
PRINCE HARRY: Personally really, really slowly actually. It's weird because I think when she -- she passed away there was never that time -- there was never that sort of lull. There was never that sort of peace and quiet for any of us - the fact that her face was always splattered on the paper the whole time.
Over the last ten years I personally feel as though she has been-- she's always there. She's always being a constant reminder to both of us and everybody else. And therefore I think when you're being reminded about it, it does take a lot longer and it's a lot slower.
LAUER: Does it feel the same way for you?
PRINCE WILLIAM: Yeah I mean-- again just for my personal opinion, when you knew somebody or someone that important to you -- you always think about you know. I mean -- so after it happened we were always you know always thinking about it. And there's not a day goes by I don't think you know that I don't think about it once in the day. And so for us is a very slow and it's a lot-- it has been a long time.
PRINCE HARRY: You know when people think about it they think about her death. They think about you know how wrong it was. They think about you know whatever happened. I don't know for-- for me personally whatever happened you know that night. Whatever happened in that tunnel. You know no one will ever know. And I'm sure people will always think about that the whole time.
LAUER: Have you stopped wondering?
PRINCE HARRY: I'll never stop wondering about that.
RE. THE CHALLENGES OF FORMING RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS:
PRINCE WILLIAM: I don't wanna be liked by someone just because of who I am. You know, I don't want the sycophantic, you know, people hanging around, you know?
LAUER: But you can tell those people right off the bat, can't you?
PRINCE WILLIAM: You can, yeah. Although some-- you know, some of them are--
PRINCE HARRY: Yeah, you can--
PRINCE WILLIAM: --are better than others.
PRINCE HARRY: --some of them-- some of them are good at playing along.
LAUER: Because obviously there's also a lot to lose if someone befriends you. You've got a lot of people out there who wanna make money.
PRINCE HARRY: But at the same time, you gotta understand that it's just as hard for our friends as it is for us -- there's a massive element of trust. You look surprised when I say that. But the reason I say that is because our friends have to put up with a lot-- when it comes to us.
LAUER: So the baggage is two-sided.
PRINCE WILLIAM: There's a lot of baggage that comes with us, trust me. A lot of baggage.
RE. WHAT THEY WOULD BE IF THEY WEREN'T PRINCES
LAUER: If your last name weren't "Windsor," if it were "Smith" or "Jones," and you didn't have the duties that you were born into, what would you wanna do professionally?
PRINCE HARRY: All sorts of things.
LAUER: Like what?
PRINCE WILLIAM: Well, when I was younger, I wanted to be a policeman. And I wouldn't wanna be that now. (LAUGHTER)
LAUER: The most popular cop on the block.
PRINCE WILLIAM: Yeah, exactly.
LAUER: What would you wanna do?
PRINCE HARRY: I think it's-- it's--
PRINCE WILLIAM: I don't know. It's a really tricky question. I guess. I'd like to fly helicopters, definitely. I'd like to be some sort of heli pilot, you know, working for the UN maybe or something like that. Go off and do some, you know, I'd have to be doing something active -- outside and doing sort of fun stuff but with an edge to helping people.
LAUER: What about you, Harry?
PRINCE WILLIAM: He'd probably sit and play computer games and drink beer. (LAUGHTER)
PRINCE HARRY: Oh, thanks a lot. No, honestly, I don't know how well this would get on, but I'd probably live in Africa. I'd, you know, I'd like to spend all my time out there.
LAUER: In a humanitarian aspect?
PRINCE HARRY: Both. It would be a humanitarian aspect and as well as a sort of a safari aspect. I would have to get a job. So it would probably be a safari guide.
On Friday, June 15, 2007, an exclusive portion of Lauer's interview with Prince William and Prince Harry will make its world premiere online at TODAYshow.com. The site will also feature, "A Tale of Two Princes," a slideshow that traces their growth from boys to men. Log on to TODAYshow.com for the latest news about the Royal family.
The interview can also be seen on mobile channel NBC News2Go, on V Cast Mobile TV, which runs on the FLO TV TM service from MediaFLO USA, Inc. Verizon Wireless V Cast Mobile TV is available to customers in about 30 markets, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Atlanta. For a complete market map, check out www.verizonwireless.com/mobiletv
NBC Entertainment will air a primetime special titled "Concert for Diana," hosted by Lauer, on Sunday, July 1st at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The concert is a tribute to their mother by Princes William and Harry to celebrate her life and commemorate her achievements. The concert will feature a list of internationally acclaimed stars and performers and will take place at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
NBC News' "Today" will air a special split-show on Friday, June 29th, prior to the concert, with Lauer broadcasting from London to commemorate the event being held in Princess Diana's honor.
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Jim Bell is the executive producer of "Today" (Monday - Friday, 7-10 a.m.). David Corvo is the executive producer of "Dateline NBC."
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