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Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859-1888 - John C. G. Röhl

Sound familiar?

Not only did [Wilhelm's] intellectual achievements fall far short of original expectation, far more serious was the fact that various flaws in the character of the young Prince began to show themselves which, as he reached puberty, caused his parents and his teacher great consternation. He proved to be not only lazy, superficial, garrulous and lacking in concentration and talent, but to have developed an 'egoism almost as hard as crystal' which, in Hinzpeter's eyes, constituted 'the innermost core of his being'.

Their excuse was that they in a monarchy and stuck with him. We can't even claim that.