Princess Diana tried to shield her eldest son, Prince William, from the media amid the fall out of her marriage to Prince Charles.

No one was told that the Princess of Wales sent the future King to a secret destination so that he could enjoy some privacy. The story was recently exposed by Paul Beban during his interview with ABC News.

During Prince William’s trip, Beban managed to spend time with the royal since he was working on a ranch for the summer.

“That summer, Princess Diana and Prince Charles' marriage were falling apart. Every excruciating moment was playing out in the glare of the paparazzi's camera flashes… In a plot to get him as far away as possible from the media circus, Diana arranged for William to take a secret vacation to the E Bar L ranch near Missoula, Montana,” he said.

Beban and the other staff at the ranch were called for a meeting and they were told that there will be an incoming high-profile guest. They soon found out that it was the Duke of Cambridge.

“He's coming, we were told, for privacy and for the very same reasons anyone else comes to the ranch: to ride, to fish, to shoot, to dance, to make friends and enjoy the beauty of this place. So just act natural. Right! Act natural with the heir to the British throne. No problem! Well, we'd do our best, whatever that meant,” he said.

According to Beban, it didn’t take the second in line to the throne to settle into the ranch life. Even though he seemed shy at first, Prince William quickly adjusted and made friends with the staff. While there, Prince William also had the chance to live a very normal life because he was referred to as William and not as Your Royal Highness.

After returning to London, Prince William still had to endure his parents’ split.

Prince Charles, Prince William, Princess Diana
Pictured: Prince Charles, Prince William, Princess Diana in the gardens of Kensington Palace. Getty Images/Hulton Archive