And so, aged 18, Prince William flew to Belize where he joined the Welsh Guards “on exercise in the jungles of Central America.”
It must have been a rude awakening for the young royal.
However, the experience taught him some vital survival skills.
“He was taught how to kill and prepare his food,” wrote Seward.
“An exercise code-named Native Trail began with instructors slaughtering a pig, hanging it from a pole and butchering it.
“The soldiers, William included, were then given a live chicken to dispatch.
“They were shown how to make a termite stew – and then made to eat it.
“At night, William tried to snatch what little sleep he could in the rain in a hammock strung between two trees.”
The young royal was praised for his attitude during the trip.
While on the island, the royal couple opted to spend their two-week stay at the stunning Villa Antilles, which was built in 2016.
The villa is owned by property developed Andrew Dunn, who is a friend of Prince William.
A stay at this glamorous property can cost guests as much as £27,000 a week, depending on the time of year.
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