In the Little House Book Series, Royal first appears as the older, sometimes bossier, brother of Almanzo in Farmer Boy. Almanzo and Royal, as Mr. Wilder's only sons, work hard on the farm. Royal, the elder, attends school, and was later a storekeeper in De Smet, Minnesota. Almanzo attempts to hide his seed in Royal's store during The Long Winter, but Charles Ingalls sees where the seed is located, and takes some for his starving family. Almanzo sees the reason in this, and helps the town in a larger way than he would have thought possible.
Like the books, Royal was Almanzo's elder brother, however in the Little House on the Prairie TV series Royal was not as bossy as his counterpart in the books but instead he is more caring and polite towards his family. When Royal found out that he was dying he wanted his brother Almanzo and his wife Laura adopt his only daughter Jenny.
Behind the Scenes
Royal Wilder was played by Nicholas Pryor.