The classic bully was actually a victim first.
He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage.
Betrayal is too simple a word to describe the overwhelming pain, the overwhelming loneliness and isolation this child experiences.
They knew each other's faults and kept each other's secrets.
Manipulative friends are toxic to your health and well-being.
But it's possible the villain would treat you far better than the prince would have.