Prince William may be a member of the royal family, but his life is far from being perfect. In fact, he was forced to grow up and mature at such an early age after his mom, Princess Diana, passed away.

According to body language expert Judi James, the dad of three didn’t get to experience what it’s like to have a dominant mother long term. Prince William didn’t also have a father figure in his life. In fact, he was the one who took on the important position after Princess Diana’s demise.

“Many moments from the time Diana died onward suggest he became a semi-paternal figure to both Harry and his own father,” James told Express. “He could be seen egging a peevish-sounding Charles into poses for the press and his sense of caution and duty and ‘getting things right’ seems to stem from lessons learned from the soap opera and tragedy of both Charles and Diana,” she added.

Prior to Princess Diana’s death, Prince William and Prince Harry already took on too many stresses in life, starting off with the constant fighting at home between their parents. The royal siblings were also directly affected by their parents’ separation and eventual divorce.

In the book “Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion, and Defiance of Prince Charles,” royal author Tom Bower said that the Princess of Wales poisoned her sons’ minds toward the heir to the throne. This resulted in Prince William and Prince Harry having a strained relationship with Prince Charles.

And in the book “Diana: Her True Story – In Her Own Words,” Princess Diana’s friend, James Gilbey, said that the late royal saw Prince Charles as a bad and selfish father. And this was what she told her sons.

But at the end of the day, Prince William and Prince Harry still have nothing but good things to say about their dad. During a previous interview, the Duke of Cambridge recounted a time when his dad watched his performance at a school play.

Prince William was supposed to create a small explosion, but it didn’t go off. While he was narrating, something exploded on stage and Prince Charles couldn’t control his laughter.

Prince Harry said that his dad has the worst timing. “And no one else — no one else laughs, he always laughs at the wrong moment, and doesn’t think ‘Oh I shouldn’t — I should probably stay quiet,’” Prince Harry said. “He just thinks it's the best thing ever,” he added.

Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles Princess Diana (L), her sons Harry and William and Prince Charles watch the parade march past as part of the commemorations of VJ Day 19 August in London. JOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images