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WORLD : Prince William Turning a Maturer 7

June 19, 1989| From Times wire services

NEW YORK — Prince William of Wales turns 7 Wednesday, and he is reported to be a changed child.

Wills, as his mother Princess Diana calls him, became known as the "Prince of Wails" because of his king-size temper tantrums, but he is shedding his willful image and turning into a little charmer with the knowledge he has a big future, People magazine reports this week.

"He's incredibly confident for a little boy his age," said a recent unidentified visitor to the royal family's estate in Highgrove. "It's a bit like talking to another adult."

Some in the family retinue credit his transformation to the replacement of an indulgent nanny with a stern one; others say he has simply matured.

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