“It didn’t make any sense to me to spend two years studying Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice when I had already enjoyed it immensely in one night.I felt I could educate myself.” His first job was as a -a-month newspaper trainee in Port Natal. “My love of literature and my desire to be a writer drew me to England,” he says.Explains Sir Laurens, “Before, one was able to keep it quiet, something for its own sake. .action_button.action_button:active.action_button:hover.action_button:focus.action_button:hover.action_button:focus .count.action_button:hover .count.action_button:focus .count:before.action_button:hover .count:before.u-margin-left--sm.u-flex.u-flex-auto.u-flex-none.bullet.
Yet Van der Post has been a royal intimate for half a century and was among the few invited to Kensington Palace after William’s birth.Perhaps the most coveted honor in the United Kingdom last month would have been to be named a godparent to the newborn Prince William of Wales.So when Charles and Diana announced their choices, five came, as expected, from the upper ranks of nobility. He is Sir Laurens Van der Post, 75, a polished and well-regarded South African-born writer.In London, they socialize with their royal and literary friends and are busy with family—two children by his first marriage and six grandchildren.Van der Post’s only regret is that being godfather will inhibit the privacy of his royal connections.