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Britain's Prince William 'Upset' About Diana Book

Aired September 29, 2000 - 1:13 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Britain's Prince William held a rare question and answer session with reporters today.

CNN London bureau chief Tom Mintier reports that, among other topics, the 18-year-old prince discussed a new book about his mother, the late Princess Diana.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

TOM MINTIER, CNN LONDON BUREAU CHIEF (voice-over): Following the death of his mother just over three years ago, Prince William and his younger brother, Harry, were declared all but off-limits to the British tabloid press. The only exception a year ago, while a student at prestigious Eton, Buckingham Palace allowed a brief intrusion.

Now, Prince William has finished his A-levels, Britain's final high school exams, and will take a year off between high school and college. Here it is called the gap year. To learn how Prince William will fill the gap, the media on Friday was once again allowed some limited and very controlled access.

QUESTION: ... you actually got your A-level results when you were in the depths of the jungle.

MINTIER: The question and answer session lasted less than 30 minutes, but did provide some insight. The young prince was upset about a new book authored by Diana's private secretary and serialized in the British press.

PRINCE WILLIAM, UNITED KINGDOM: Of course, Harry and I both were quite upset about it, that our mother's trust has been betrayed, and that even now she's still being exploited.

MINTIER: On his future, Prince William announced that he would spend his time off from school working on the issue of the environment in Chile.

PRINCE WILLIAM: Basically, I wanted to do something constructive with my gap year rather than -- I mean, I could do quite a lot of work, but I thought this was a bit more of a way of making -- trying to help people out and meet whole range of different people from different countries, and at the same time helping people in remote areas of Chile.

MINTIER: There was also a rare thank you for the media.

PRINCE WILLIAM: You've all left me alone beginning the whole of Eton, made a real big difference whenever and not trying to sort of snap a picture every time I was walking around the streets. And I hope it just continues for Harry as well when he's there.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Definitely should go for it. I mean, you know, he might as well use the time to get to know people.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Good. Good luck to him. That's it, really. I mean, it's his life, isn't it?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, why not? Everyone else does it if they can afford it.

MINTIER (on camera): While the gap year, as they call it hear in Britain, is the time when many young boys and girls decide what to do next in their lives, Prince William's time away from school could determine if, unlike his mother, he can have a private life. So far, the British media's own restrictions regarding coverage of the young princes have guaranteed it.

Tom Mintier, CNN, London.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

ALLEN: He's quite grownup, isn't he?

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: You called him a hunk, I think.

ALLEN: I think I did.

WATERS: And now you call him grown up, I think.

ALLEN: A grown-up hunk. But you know what, I think you and I need a gap year, don't we?

WATERS: Oh, definitely. A gap year coming up. Hey, boss.

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