Prince William
Prince William attends the unveiling of The Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stones representing each of Birmingham's 1st World War recepients at the Hall of Memory, Centenary Square on Dec. 7, 2015 in Birmingham, England. Getty Images/Richard Stonehouse

Although Prince William is destined to sit on the British throne someday, it doesn’t mean others thought he was always fit to rule. During his childhood, a particular event caused some to questions whether Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s eldest son would be able to handle life as a King.

At the moment, Prince William is recognized for his grace whenever he interacts with the press, but when he was a child, his dislike of media attention threatened to shake up the line of succession.

During a chat with Sky News, royal photographer Ian Lloyd revealed William felt “traumatized” by the press before Princess Diana’s death. Nowadays, the British paparazzi must abide by certain laws when it comes to taking photos of public figures. However, when Prince William and Prince Harry were kids, those rules did not exist.

“It was a free for all, you weren’t limited to six photographers. Anybody could turn up that was a photographer. So you would have various things, 100 photographers, and they were quite traumatized,” he explained.

Lloyd reflected on a particular incident where Prince William appeared distressed over the amount of paparazzi photographing him. “I remember seeing William just before Diana died and he was coming out of the polo, Charles was driving his Aston Martin,” he said.

“William was shielding his eyes from the press, and you might remember he used to have the fringe like Diana that he used to hide under. We were very worried that he just wasn’t going to make it as a future King because he just hated it. Even before Diana died.”

Although Prince William didn’t have the best relationship with the press as a child, as an adult, he and the rest of the royal family have managed to build a cordial relationship with UK photographers.