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The Princes speak out about how they are different in person than people expect

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated June 19, 2007 02:10 PM
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(Video courtesy of NBC.)

Sycophants, stay away. That’s among the messages Princes William, 24, and Harry, 22, delivered to Matt Lauer in their first American interview, which aired Monday and Tuesday on the Today show and Dateline NBC.

Regarding how they face a lifetime of being famous – and therefore forced to wonder if they are liked for what they are instead of who they are – William admitted, “It goes through your mind every time you meet someone new.”

As for the scrutiny even those who join their circle must face, Harry says, “Our friends have to put up with a lot when it comes to us.”

Pressed about how that might hinder the development of close personal relationships, Harry replies, “You find yourself hiding.”

The two appeared more at ease discussing one another. After Lauer read a list of adjectives describing how Americans viewed William, including “dutiful,” Harry shot back with a tinge of sarcasm, “Is that ‘dutiful’ or ‘beautiful’?”

But then he said of his older brother, the future King of England, “He enjoys himself more than people think. … He’s definitely the more intelligent of the two of us.”