On the Google search engine, his site — princewilliamliving.com — appears just after that of the British royal family in response to the question “how to contact Prince William?”.
Consequence: messages of condolences, drawings and poems have been pouring in for two days on his mailbox, a good soul having even offered to send an accessory to decorate the coffin of the deceased.
A total of about 80 messages arrived from India, Bhutan, Japan, Egypt, across America and the UK, according to its editor Rebecca Barnes. “Even the English don’t know how to use Google,” she joked to AFP.
Not everyone is selfless. A teenager explains that she is a big fan of the royal family and asks for an invitation to the funeral of the deceased. Another introduces himself as a “very clean person” and offers his “housekeeping or other” services.
The county of Prince William, in the State of Virginia, was however born long before Prince William, first in the order of succession since the accession of his father Charles to the throne. Formed in 1731, it was named after the Duke of Cumberland, third son of King George II.
The confusion between the two is not new and messages for Lady Di’s son have long been arriving in the magazine’s mailbox. Rebecca Barnes gave up answering it, but sometimes she just can’t help it.
To a man who has just asked her what to do to become the next king of England, she advised to send an application file. “Who am I to stand in his way?”