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William: I don't want to be king; Docu reveals what he told Diana.

Byline: David Stephenson

PRINCE William told mum Princess Diana that he "didn't really want to be king".

The revelation comes in the concluding part of Jeremy Paxman's Channel 5 documentary series, Paxman On The Queen's Children.

The former Newsnight presenter shares details of a lunch with the Princess - in which she also likened life in Kensington Palace to an "upmarket Coronation Street with twitching curtains".

Paxman says: "About a year before she died [in 1997], her secretary rang and asked me to lunch. I've no idea why.

"We talked about our children and she said William often told her he didn't really want to be king and then Harry would say, 'If you don't want the job I'll have it!'."

Paxman adds: "As we were leaving, I said, 'What a strange place this is. So quiet yet over there is the bustle of Kensington High Street. It's a bit like a prison'. She said, 'More like an upmarket Coronation Streetyou'll see all the cur-tains twitching

He concludes: "Who would want to be a royal?" It was known that Paxman had lunch with Diana but he has never spoken of it in such detail on national TV.

Ending his series, he says the present day is a "golden age" for the monarchy.

Paxman on the Queen's Children, C5 on Tuesday, 9pm.

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