Princess Diana drove while broadcasting ‘Simply The Best’ with Prince William and Harry

It would have been a beautiful sight for any passing motorist. Princess Diana drove down the highway, music blaring from the stereo, singing at the top of her voice with her two sons joining in energetically from the back seat.

In addition, the Royal pop group had an unlikely extra member: their Royal personal protection officer.

The scene where Princes William and Harry were driven to school by their mother is vividly recreated by the Duke of Cambridge in what is an affectionate reflection on his mother.

The song of choice, quite fittingly, was Simply the Best by Tina Turner and it was used by Diana to brighten the spirits of her children when they returned to boarding school.

William, 39, admits the happy memories are tinged with sadness as the ‘family moment’ is cut short as the school gates come into view and he realizes he must say goodbye. “When I was younger, Harry and I, we went to boarding school,” says William, who started boarding at the age of eight at Ludgrove School in Berkshire.

Princes William and Harry sang with Princess Diana to fight their fear. Prince William and Princess Diana return to Wetherby School, Notting Hill, London in 1992

“And my mother played all kinds of songs to take away the fear of going back to school. And one of the songs that I remember greatly and that has stayed with me all along, and which I still secretly enjoy to this day, is Tina Turner’s The Best [sic] because sitting in the backseat, singing along, felt like a real family moment.

‘And my mother, she would drive by, sang loudly. And we’d even get the police officer in the car, he’d sing along too every now and then.

“You would sing and listen to the music all the way to the gates of the school, when they dropped you off.

“And then the reality kind of set in that you really went back to school because before that you were lost in songs. You’ll want to play it again to keep that family moment going.

“And when I listen to it now, it takes me back to those car rides and brings back a lot of memories of my mother.”

Ken Wharfe, a former Royal Personal Protection Officer, told The Mail on Sunday:

Ken Wharfe, a former Royal Personal Protection Officer, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘These were such happy times. Yes, there were all the problems of the royal wedding, but the prince and princess then went out of their way to keep their children out of it, so they were largely ignorant and had a lot of fun with their mother’

Last night, Ken Wharfe, a former Royal Personal Protection Officer, told The Mail on Sunday that he was the singing police officer William mentioned.

Mr Wharfe, 73, who now sings bass-baritone in the English Chamber Choir, said: ‘These were such happy times. Yes, there were all the problems of the royal wedding, but the prince and princess at the time went out of their way to keep their children out of it, so they were largely ignorant and had a lot of fun with their mother.

‘The princess loved Tina Turner and put the CD on full blast in the car, sometimes in the green Jaguar XJS she had, or other cars, the CD always went with us.

“She played Simply the Best and some Cliff Richard all the time.”

Elsewhere in the Time To Walk podcast, William pays tribute to his mother by alluding to the life lessons she taught him. From an early age, she took him and Harry on private visits to homeless shelters.

William has continued the work and took over from her as patron of the charity Centrepoint.

“My mother took me to a homeless shelter to meet people who were unlucky and who were having a really hard time in life,” he says.

“She wanted to make sure I understood that life is very much outside the palace walls, and this is what’s going on. This is the real world here. And we sat there, and we listened.’

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