Prince on Today for Bryant Gumbel's last day
Marlene Breverman stashed this in Prince
It's nice seeing Prince smile and giving a laugh.
Yes, why was that so rare for him?
I think it had more to do with shyness than keeping up an image. Performing is structured, therefore controllable. Just 'being' means vulnerability.
Now that you mention it, he did seem quite shy. Especially for a performer.